Tivoli beefs up regional management

To cope with growth and the expansion it requires, Tivoli Systems has made four senior appointments to its Asia/Pacific management team:

Johnathan Gardner has been appointed finance and planning manager of Tivoli Systems Asia/Pacific responsible for managing and developing the planning, forecasting and financial reporting processes for the region. He joined the company from IBM where he was finance and planning manager of the IBM Software Group, Australia and NZ.

Andrew Meyer has been promoted to director of the storage business unit for Tivoli Systems Asia/Pacific, based in Sydney. He was previously storage sales manager for the company.

Dennis McGrillen has been appointed S/390 sales manager for Tivoli Systems Asia/Pacific based in Perth. McGrillen has a sales background with IBM and a number of ISVs.

Bob Stanley has been appointed manager of global contract services for Tivoli Systems Asia/Pacific, based in Melbourne. He too joined the company from IBM Australia, where he was manager of contracts and negotiations.

Jilla calls it a day it IT&e

Jeremy Jilla resigned early this week as CEO of e-business solutions company IT&e. A statement released by the company said Jilla would "pursue other interests in industries not associated with IT&e's while IT&e moves to a new growth phase following its listing on the ASX one year ago".

Bob Johnson, IT&e's chairman, will take the roles of executive chairman and CEO while the company searches for Jilla's replacement. Johnson was previously CEO of Pacific Access Australia, a Telstra subsidiary that manages White Pages, Yellow Pages and the Whereis interactive mapping service.

SkyNetGlobal recruits high profile partnerBroadband wireless service provider SkyNetGlobal, which listed on the ASX this week, has formed a joint venture with Nina Kung Wang to establish SkyNetGlobal in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. Described by the company as the fifth wealthiest woman in the world, Nina Wang has taken a 5.2 per cent stake in SkyNetGlobal through a $A1 million investment in the public share offer. She will join the company's board as non-executive director.

A spokesman said Nina Wang is principal and chair of the Chinachem Group of property development companies and is a deputy of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. She is also a special adviser to the World Federation of United Nations Associations and honorary president of the Chinese Red Cross Foundation.

Around the traps

CRM player E.piphany has appointed Chris Ciauri as managing director of its Australia and New Zealand operations. Although the company has had an office in Melbourne since July, Ciauri will operate from a new office in North Sydney. The company expects to open an office in Singapore next month and a branch in Hong Kong in January.

TeleTech International has appointed Karen Hall as marketing manager. She joined the company from DHL Worldwide Express where she worked in marketing in both Sydney and Auckland.

Kerry Roxburgh has been appointed non-executive chairman of E*Trade and will take over from Malcolm Spry -- who is moving to the US as senior vice president of global communications at ACNielsen -- on January 1 2001.

Wayne Bos continued to make headlines this week with the news that he has resigned as a director of financial information provider WealthPoint, which was formerly known as Bourse Data. The company released a statement claiming Bos's resignation reflected his increased involvement in other businesses. In September Bos was appointed CEO of Mid-East Minerals, which is to undertake a conversion to a new economy company named Tomorrow.

Overseas

Jo Lernout and Pol Hauspie have stepped down from their positions as co-chairman and managing directors of speech recognition specialist Lernout & Hauspie. A statement released by the troubled L&H said the resignations are "steps towards resolving recent controversies affecting the company". The US Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the company's business and accounting practices.

Victor Grinich, a founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and one of the pioneers of the computer industry, died last weekend aged 75. In 1957 Grinich and his colleagues were described by William Shockley, the inventor of the transistor, as the traitorous eight after they left all Shockley Semiconductor together. They had resigned from the company largely because they found it difficult to work with the temperamental Shockley and at Fairchild they produced the first commercially viable integrated circuit.

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