Siebel Australian MD quits

The managing director of Siebel Systems' Australian operation, Rob McGregor, has quit the company - and IT altogether - after six years with the CRM vendor.

While an official announcement is yet to be made, Siebel has confirmed to Computerworld that McGregor has resigned and will be replaced locally by Siebel insider Paul Appleby, currently a senior sales manager.

"Rob has resigned from Siebel to take time out of the industry to spend more time with his family," a spokesperson for Siebel said.

The spokesperson said Appleby, who has been in sales and management roles within the IT and telecommunications industries for the past 17 years, had been with Siebel for "two years in sales management [and] will be taking on responsibility and accountability for the Australia and New Zealand region".

McGregor's departure comes at a time when CRM stalwarts such as Siebel, so often noted for enterprise-wide deployments, are facing erosion and fragmentation of their core customer bases from cut-down, hosted offerings such as SalesForce.com and applications behemoths like SAP and Oracle.

Most recently the vendor has hitched its wagon to Siebel OnDemand, a slimmer, pay-as-you-go hosted version if its software, launching four customized industry editions (financial services, technology, life sciences and automotive) worldwide in this month.

Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Siebel's revenue performance lifted marginally in the third quarter of 2004 to $US104.6 million after a slump to a five-year low of $US95million in the second quarter of the year.

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