Philip Zimmerman, the renowned inventor of the widely used Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) encryption protocol, has resigned from Network Associates because he and the company are no longer able to agree about the future of PGP. Instead he will join Irish company Hush Communications as chief cryptographer. Although Network Associates has continued to release open versions of PGP source code, it has also built enterprise applications around it. Network Associates also has a new CEO - George Samenuk - who has been in the chair just seven weeks. "We hit some bumps in the road. We changed our business model in December," Samenuk noted, referring to a number of problems that have beset the company over the past two months.
It never rains but it pours. Just as Nortel Networks faced the music and admitted it was going to have to lay off some 10,000 staff because it is "seeing a faster and more severe economic downturn" than expected in the US, it now has more trouble on its hands with the resignation of its chief technology officer Bill Hawe. Hawe had joined Nortel in 1998 when the company took over Bay Networks, where he was vice president of architecture. He had previously been CTO of the network product business at DEC, where he played a vital role in the invention of Ethernet technology. Following his unexplained departure from Nortel last week he has been replaced by Jules Meunier, who has been with Nortel for 22 years.