There must be something about the month of March. Across the computer industry, senior executives have been moving up and out at a fair old rate:
Michael Dell, who is 40 next February, gave up the CEO role at the eponymous company he founded in 1984, handing over to his number two, Kevin Rollins.
Joe Forehand, 55, CEO of IT services giant Accenture, said he was off to spend more time with his wife (and, presumably, the $35 million worth of shares he made from the company’s 2001 flotation).
Solomon Trujillo, CEO of mobile phone group Orange, stepped down after only 15 months in charge as part of a wide-ranging management overhaul at France Telecom, Orange’s parent company.
Ron Zambonini, CEO of business intelligence software company Cognos, said that at 57 it was time for him to spend “more time playing bridge”.
On a less flippant note, Information Age was saddened to learn of the death of Pierre Bonelli, 64, CEO of France’s Bull and one of the founding fathers of the European IT services industry. Over two decades, Bonelli took Sema from a few hundred programmers to a 20,000-strong organisation. Poignantly, Bull reported a return to profits for the first time in seven years the day before his death.