KENDALL NAMED AS CIO FOR LOS ALAMOS LABORATORY
Los Alamos, N.M. — Richard Kendall has been named as the first chief information officer at the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. In his new job, Kendall will develop, promote and help direct an integrated vision for information management across the Laboratory. Information management includes the business practices surrounding the use of information to achieve the goals of the enterprise, the infrastructure that delivers the information and the oversight of the mechanisms that safeguard its integrity and security, according to Kendall. “Information management is a vital component of Los Alamos’ continued world-class scientific research and development efforts,” said Bill Press, deputy director for science, technology and programs. “Richard will help define and implement a strategic vision for information management for the Laboratory.”
Added Laboratory Director John Browne, “Because the world today is increasingly fast paced and information driven, it’s important we have someone who can chart our institutional course for implementing appropriate, cutting-edge information technologies and systems. I have great confidence Richard will provide the guidance and vision we need to create an information management program that helps us achieve our mission goals, lets us flourish scientifically within an architecture that meets our stringent security requirements and improves our operations and business practices.” Though some of the functions of CIO have been performed informally, the appointment to the Director’s Office of this full-time position acknowledges the importance of the position for the Laboratory, said Kendall, who has been at Los Alamos since 1995.
Placing the chief information officer in the Director’s Office reporting to Press also will ensure responsiveness both to the senior executive team and the line organizations, Kendall noted, adding that in appointing a CIO position, the Lab is following a government-wide trend. “One of the initial goals of the office will be to work with the senior management to help formulate the proper organizational setting for the chief information officer that will help ensure that information is managed as an enterprise asset,” said Kendall. “The Laboratory’s business and security divisions, for example, each have responsibility for information management. But the CIO will provide a global view to ensure information resources are used with greatest effectiveness in fulfilling the Laboratory’s mission and operations.” Kendall joined Los Alamos’ Geoanalysis Group in 1995. In 1996, he became director of Los Alamos’ Virtual Laboratory Testbed for Industry, which provides industry access to the Laboratory’s computing environment. Since 1999 Kendall has been program manager for technical cyber security in Los Alamos’ former Computing, Information and Communications Division, directing the technical implementation of Los Alamos’ cyber security enhancements mandated by the Laboratory, the DOE and Congress.
LUCENT NAMES NEW CEO TELECOM EQUIPMENT MAKER
New York, N.Y. — Following a spate of earnings warnings, Lucent Technologies Inc. Monday named Henry Schacht to take over as chairman and chief executive officer, replacing Richard McGinn. Schacht was Lucent’s initial CEO from 1995 to 1997, after the company was spun off from AT&T. He will act as the interim top executive as the company searches for a permanent replacement. “…The board felt a different set of skills was required at this point in the company’s life,” Franklin Thomas, Lucent’s senior director, representing the board, said in a statement. The telecom equipment maker also warned Monday that it expects pro forma revenue from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2001 to decline about 7 percent and pro forma earnings per share from continuing operations to break even. The consensus analyst estimate called for Lucent to earn 23 cents a share, compared with 33 cents a share a year ago, according to First Call.
Murray Hill, N.J.-based Lucent also moved up the release of its fiscal fourth-quarter results to after Monday’s stock market close; it originally was slated for release on Tuesday. Schacht retired as chairman and CEO of Cummins Engine Co. in 1995, after 31 years with that company, and became chairman and CEO of Lucent. He stepped down as CEO in 1997 and retired from Lucent as chairman in 1998. In March, Schacht was tapped as chairman of the Lucent spin off, Avaya, Inc. He will continue as a member of the Avaya board but will step down immediately as top executive. J.P. Morgan analyst Greg Geiling told CNNfn.com the management shakeup was not unexpected and that investors should react favorably to the former CEO’s appointment. And even though Lucent warned a few weeks ago of the fourth-quarter shortfall, the 7 percent announced Monday was more than he anticipated. Christin Armacost of SG Cowen also regarded Lucent’s executive shuffle as a positive and necessary change and was also surprised by the announced 7 percent revision, since she had estimated only 5 percent. Still, Armacost rates Lucent, one of the most widely held stocks in the market, as a “buy” for long-term investors. “It will take many, many years to unwind, but we wouldn’t count Lucent out, even with some of these problems,” Armacost said.
During Mr. McGinn’s three-year tenure as chief executive, Lucent went from a fast-growing Wall Street darling to a source of concern among many investors after it did not meet optimistic growth promises. Each financial quarter this year, the company has had to warn that earnings would be lower than analysts had expected – a string that was extended yesterday, when Lucent warned that not only earnings, but revenue, would decline in the quarter that ends in December. After the stock market’s close, Lucent said revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2001, which ends in December, would decline by about 7 percent from $7.9 billion in the period a year earlier, while earnings from operations would break even at about $1.08 billion. The company said the revised expectations reflected difficulties it had had in rolling out a new generation of optical networking equipment that allowed large amounts of digital information to be transmitted using a single wavelength of light. Lucent’s stock has declined by 72 percent from a high of $79.58 only 10 months ago. The company’s shares fell 56 cents, to $22.06 yesterday. With 5.3 million shareholders, Lucent is among the most widely held stocks in the United States.
TARANTELLA APPOINTS NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING
Santa Cruz, CALIF. — Tarantella, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc., announced that it has named Dennis Adams as its Vice President of Marketing. Adams comes to Tarantella with over 20 years of marketing and management experience in the high tech industry. Most recently, Dennis was at Amdahl Corporation where he played a key role in driving industry vertical marketing and thin-client marketing programs, plus strategic enterprise sales and field marketing programs. “Our primary business objective is to rapidly grow our share of the web-enabling software market,” said Mike Orr, president of Tarantella, Inc. “Dennis brings a wealth of experience that will significantly enhance our marketing skills and make a major contribution to our success. I have worked alongside Dennis on several occasions in the past, and have great confidence that his passion, intellect and focus will have an immediate, positive impact on the growth of the Tarantella business.”
“Joining Tarantella, Inc. at this time provides me with an opportunity to take the company to the next level of visibility in the web-enabling software market,” said Adams. “I look forward to building on the progress made by the Tarantella marketing team over the past year, and helping to ensure that enterprise organizations understand the power and value of Tarantella software.” Adams assumes his new role immediately. Dennis holds BS and MS degrees from Purdue University, and is married with three children.
SCHROCK OUT AS ALTAVISTA CEO
San Diego, CALIF. — Rod Schrock has resigned as chief executive of Internet portal AltaVista. In a prepared statement issued by CMGI Inc., which owns a majority stake in the Web portal, Shrock did not say why he was leaving. Schrock, who joined AltaVista about a year ago, said in the statement only that he wished “to move on to other milestones” in his career and spend more time with his family. His departure becomes effective immediately. AltaVista said it had initiated a search to find a replacement CEO.
Schrock’s departure comes as AltaVista is shifting its business model from a broad-based Internet portal to one focused more narrowly on Internet search services. The company recently slashed 25 percent of its staff in an effort to accelerate its path to profitability.
TURBOLINUX CHAIRMAN LEAVES FOR STORAGE START-UP
San Diego, CALIF. — TurboLinux chairman and co-founder Cliff Miller has stepped down to create a start-up focusing on storing other companies’ data. Miller now is chief executive of Mountain View Data, a company that will sell storage services on the open-source InterMezzo file storage software. Miller handed the TurboLinux CEO reins to Paul Thomas in June amid layoffs at the company. Thomas also is now chairman of TurboLinux, one of the top sellers of the Linux operating system and related software, spokesman Lonn Johnston said. Miller’s wife, Iris, another TurboLinux co-founder and board member, is executive vice president of international development for Mountain View Data. The third founder is Peter Braam, chief technology officer and lead programmer for The InterMezzo Project.
“I have resigned from TurboLinux,” Miller said in an interview today, saying he and Iris prefer the challenge of a start-up. “Certain people are good at certain things. I believe we’re pretty good at doing new things. We like the excitement of a new company.” Mountain View Data was founded in September and has about 10 employees, Miller said. The company hopes to differentiate itself from competitors such as StorageNetworks by having storage data centers in both the United States and Japan. The Millers faced some dilution of their control over TurboLinux in recent months, as the San Francisco-based company’s initial public offering schedule stretched and outside companies invested in the Linux seller. A $57 million corporate investment round in January sealed partnerships with major computing corporations, but the company also had to secure a further $30 million earlier this month. The Millers remain the largest stockholders at TurboLinux, Cliff Miller said. TurboLinux still faces plenty of risk as the company tries to become profitable and convince the world that Linux is a solid business proposition.
NAT GOODMAN JOINS 3RD MILLENNIUM
Cambridge, MASS. — 3rd Millennium, a bioinformatics consultancy based in Cambridge, MA, announced that it had appointed Nathan Goodman, Ph.D., as Senior Vice President. Dr. Goodman will assist 3rd Millennium’s President, Richard Dweck, in managing the firm’s core consulting business. He will also serve as Program Manager for the $1.8 million grant recently awarded to the company by the Advanced Technology Program (ATP) of the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce for the study of biological pathways ( http://www.nist.gov/public–affairs/atp2000/00004139.htm ). Dr. Goodman is a pioneer in the emerging field of bioinformatics. He ran the Informatics Core at the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research from its inception in January 1991 until mid 1996, where he developed innovative laboratory information management systems (LIMS) for the Center’s ground-breaking genomics research projects. He joins 3rd Millennium from Compaq Computer Corporation, where he created and led their technical marketing group focused on bioinformatics applications in the pharmaceutical industry. Before that he ran a research group at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine working on information systems for large scale biological laboratories, and on mining of large biological datasets.
“3rd Millennium’s consulting services will continue to play an increasingly significant role in the convergence of biology and advanced informatics, an important trend driving the next wave of pharmaceutical development,” said Dr. Goodman. “The firm’s vision for the application of bioinformatics and the study of biological pathways in pharmaceutical development also promises to be a unique and valuable resource for the industry. I am excited to be in a position to contribute in both areas.” Outside of bioinformatics, Dr. Goodman has more than twenty-five years experience in the computer industry and academia. He was Chief Computer Scientist and founder of Kendall Square Research Corporation, a manufacturer of multiprocessor supercomputers for transaction processing and scientific applications. He was President of Marble Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in object-oriented, client/server business information systems. He spent many years at Computer Corporation of America working on distributed and object oriented database systems. He was a professor of computer science at Harvard University and Boston University. Early in his career, in the laboratory of Prof. Seymour Papert at MIT, he was a member of the team that developed the LOGO computer language for children.
GADZOOX NETWORKS HIRES TOP EXECUTIVE
San Jose, CALIF. — Gadzoox Networks Inc., a leading global provider of storage area networks (SANs), announced the appointment of a new key executive, Ronald G. von Trapp, as Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Ron will be responsible for driving all sales initiatives and will continue to build a world class global sales force for Gadzoox Networks. Ron and his team will focus on selling Gadzoox Networks’ price performance leading Capellix fibre channel switch, Geminix router, and Axxess storage networking solution, worldwide. “We are delighted to welcome Ron to the Gadzoox Networks executive team,” said Michael Parides, Gadzoox Networks’ President and CEO. “His proven experience in storage and storage networking and his focus on meeting the needs of OEM, distribution and systems integrator customers will support our goal of deploying affordable storage networking to the application cluster and data center markets. Under Ron’s leadership, we will continue to expand our global presence with OEM and systems integrator customers.”
With 32 years of storage networking and sales experience, Ron von Trapp is a veteran in the industry and brings extensive knowledge of high technology market segments such as mainframes, Local Area Networks (LANs), disk storage, RAID and fibre channel storage area networking. Ron has held management positions with IBM and executive level sales positions with NBI, Quantum, Maxtor, and Mylex. Most recently he was Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Vixel. “I joined the Gadzoox team in large part due to their enormous growth potential, their outstanding reputation for quality within the marketplace, and the strategic direction in which the company is heading,” said von Trapp. “I’m eager to join this strong executive team as they move to capitalize on their outstanding foundation of sales, marketing, and engineering expertise.” Gadzoox Networks, Inc. is a leader in SAN (storage area network) products. The Company provides networking solutions for enterprise storage with scalable, managed SAN solutions based on Gadzoox’ Fibre Channel switches, routers, storage pooling, hubs and management products. Serving as modular building blocks, Gadzoox’ products are designed to address the growth in enterprise data through the evolving capabilities of SANs. For more information, visit the company’s web site at http://www.gadzoox.com .
OAK TECHNOLOGY ADDS TWO VICE PRESIDENTS
Sunnyvale, CALIF. — Oak Technology, Inc. announced that two seasoned industry veterans have joined the company to support the growth of its Optical Storage Group (OSG). Logan Saverimuthu joins as vice president, business unit manager focused on the PC market segment, and Akyra Pagoulatos joins as vice president, business unit manager focused on the iAppliance market segment. Both gentlemen will report to Bill Housley, general manager, Optical Storage Group and will be responsible for providing focus on product development, direction and delivery in their assigned market segment.
As the PC market segment business unit manager, Saverimuthu will lead efforts to drive product definition and development, quality improvements and customer satisfaction to Oak Technology’s customer base. Oak Technology has established itself as a leader in the CDRW market and Saverimuthu will help extend that lead into the next-generation combo CD-RW/DVD and DVD-recordable solutions. “Logan’s extensive background in both semiconductors and storage will help us expand our leadership in the PC drive space,” said Housley. “His knowledge of the storage market as well as his technical and management skills will allow us to provide the focus needed to continue to stay out front.” Previously, Saverimuthu served as vice president of engineering for Samsung Information Systems America, where he managed Advanced Engineering, Product Development, Test Process and Supplier Quality Engineering groups. Prior to Samsung, Saverimuthu was senior director of Engineering for Western Digital Corporation, where he coordinated developments of four new ASIC devices and introduced a new manufacturing test process. Logan also was a program manager at Quantum Corporation where he successfully managed one of the companies most successful desktop drive programs. Saverimuthu earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Middlesex University in Middlesex, UK.
As the business unit manager focused on iAppliance, Pagoulatos is responsible for driving product development, product delivery, and customer satisfaction for the iAppliance market segment. This new emerging market, where Oak Technology is focusing on consumer recording applications, is becoming a major opportunity to expand Oak’s expertise in the optical segment. “Akyra’s experience is uniquely applicable to the emerging iAppliance market, and is an excellent choice to manage Oak’s iAppliance business unit. As we aggressively expand into this new market his experience with key industry leaders in the consumer space brings the depth and experience necessary to be successful,” said Housley. Previously, Pagoulatos served as general manager, Philips Components International B.V, managing Philips Optical Group in the Asia Pacific Region. Leading up to that position, he also held a series of management positions within Philips’ Optical Storage Group, managing programs for CD-R/RW drives, CD-RW mechanisms and components, and CD/RW audio for consumer applications. Earlier, he managed a $50 million venture division for Sony Electronics, developing strategic alliances and partnerships. He began his career at Sony in product management, working with CD-ROMs, laserdisc players and other PC peripherals and consumer devices. He holds a BSEE from the Devry Institute of Technology.
FAKESPACE SYSTEMS ESTABLISHES U.K. OFFICE
Kitchener, CANADA — Fakespace Systems Inc., a world leader in immersive visualization systems, announced the opening of its first European development office, and the appointment of industry veteran Richard Cashmore, Ph.D., as Business Development Representative. The new office, located in Leicestershire, United Kingdom (UK), will enable Fakespace Systems to better support its current customers and aggressively expand its sales and marketing programs in key European markets. Cashmore, who is well-known for his visualization market expertise, recently served as virtual reality (VR) practice leader for PERA International Technology Centre, a European consulting firm that specializes in bringing innovative practices to manufacturing organizations. Before joining PERA, he was a product manager for Prosolvia Clarus AB, a provider of software tools for building 3D simulations, virtual reality and other real time visualization applications. Cashmore holds a Ph.D. in Control Engineering and a Bachelors degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Leeds in England.
“We’re extremely pleased to launch expanded European sales operations by recruiting a manager of Richard Cashmore’s caliber,” said Dan Wright, president and chief operating officer of Fakespace Systems. “His broad range of experience in immersive visualization applications for energy, military and manufacturing applications make him the ideal executive to establish Fakespace Systems presence in the U.K. and across Europe.” At PERA, Cashmore worked with clients in automotive, manufacturing and energy markets to analyze and improve industrial processes with the use of immersive visualization. During his year and a half at Prosolvia, he worked as a VR evangelist and helped define the Oxygen product family. Cashmore was European Technical Manager for Transformation Software Ltd, before he joined Prosolvia. There he supported defense accounts in their use of MultiGen, Paradigm and Prosolvia software. He also worked for British Nuclear Fuels Plc, where he lead a project that investigated computer simulation and virtual reality to train operators to use robotic devices. “I’m extremely pleased to join the Fakespace Systems team, to help promote a better understanding of the company’s products and services here in Europe,” said Cashmore. “Having worked with a broad range of display systems and service providers, I know that I’m signing on with the best for high quality products and conscientious customer support.”