Business moves abroad

Andre Boisvert has resigned from SAS Institute after just six months with the company as president and COO. He had joined as heir apparent to founder Jim Goodnight, who is still chairman and CEO, and had been expected to lead the company to its initial public offering. Goodnight was not entirely flattering about Boisvert following his decision. "Any changes we make at SAS are made with an eye toward not just what's good for investors but, more importantly, what's good for employees and customers," he said. Other departures from SAS this month included Marianna Suciu, who became vice president of sales at Onyx Software, and Stephen Wiehe, who became CEO of laboratory equipment manufacturer SciQuest.

Some controversy surrounds the reported departure of Chris Larsen from the president's office at the US subsidiary of SAP. While some reports deny his resignation, IDG News Service has confirmed that he has gone "to pursue other opportunities" and that his duties are being taken over by Wolfgang Kemna, CEO of SAP America. US observers claim the move had been engineered because the company wanted a German executive in the president's job.

Jerry Sanders has announced in a Webcast that he will retire as CEO of Advanced Micro Devices in April 2002, although he will remain on the company's board until 2003. It is expected that he will be succeeded by president and COO Hector de J Ruiz. Sanders will turn 65 in September.

President Bush is expected to appoint Charles James as antitrust chief of the US Department of Justice, a job that he had held until 1992, the last year of the first Bush administration. Observers are not sure how the appointment will affect the Microsoft case, although it has been reported that James has said that consumers would benefit from a common software platform, which could not be achieved by breaking up Microsoft.

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