CA gives interim CEO keynote spot at user show

Computer Associates International Inc.'s (CA's) temporary leader, Kenneth Cron, will deliver the opening keynote at CA's upcoming user show, the company confirmed Thursday, clearing some of the confusion about CA's executive hierarchy following its former chief executive officer's (CEO) demotion last month.

Cron, a CA board member, is its interim CEO but has said he will not be a candidate to hold the job permanently. Cron took over the top job after former CEO Sanjay Kumar resigned under pressure from investors and analysts concerned about his tenure as a top company executive while other officers ran an accounting scheme that led to criminal charges against four former CA executives and a reclassification of US$2.2 billion of revenue from the company's 2000 and 2001 fiscal years.

Kumar's sudden departure came at a difficult time: just one month before the company's annual conference, CA World, at which its top executives map out their vision for the coming year. Kumar remains with CA as its chief software architect, but has no managerial duties.

Kumar will still attend CA World and meet with customers, but will not speak publicly at the event, according to a CA spokesman.

Other CA executives scheduled to present are Chief Technology Officer Yogesh Gupta and Executive Vice President Russell Artzt. Their talks will focus on CA's products and technology, while Cron handles the executive overview of the company's strategic plans.

CA World begins May 23 in Las Vegas.

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