PeopleSoft's Creighton resigns

Murray Creighton has announced his resignation as managing director of PeopleSoft's Australian and New Zealand operations. He was also vice president of the company's South East Asian business.

Creighton will be going to Sebel, a sales force automation specialist.

Andrew Barkla, previously director of operations for PeopleSoft, will take over as MD for Australia and New Zealand as well as vp for South East Asia.

PeopleSoft is believed to be struggling in the market for ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems. In August it reported a further sharp drop in worldwide net income in the second quarter of 1999 compared to a year earlier.

PeopleSoft reported revenues of $US312.2 million, down $US8.3 million from a year earlier, and net income of $US3 million, or a whopping 92 per cent drop from the second quarter of 1998, when PeopleSoft's net income was $US39.2 million. Announcing the results, president and chief operating officer, Craig Conway, said PeopleSoft continues to be affected by the slowdown in demand for large-scale human resources, financial and other enterprise applications.

Locally, the company is known to have lost key sales staff. It is also believed to have been pinning its hopes on a major order from ANZ Bank. It is understood the order went, instead, to another ERP system vendor.

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