DMR snaps up refugee from ZIVO for e-business

Maybe the Olympics created such a feel-good atmosphere that everyone decided to give the boss another go, or perhaps with their heads glued to their TV sets the malcontents couldn't be bothered resigning. Whatever the reason, fewer local job changes came to The Rust Report's attention this week than is normal, although there were plenty of noteworthy moves abroad.

On the home front

Just before LibertyOne announced that it was looking for a buyer for ZIVO -- one of its only remaining revenue-generating assets - business development manager Anthony James handed in his notice. He has been snapped up by DMR Consulting, where he will be appointed director of the company's Asia/Pacific e-business practice. James will officially join DMR late in October.

There have been a number of board changes at Quadtel, where founder Terry O'Leary has resigned from the board, as has Murali Dharan, who has offered consulting support while the company's broadband division is being formed. At the same time, Jurg Walker has been appointed to the board. Described as a leading portfolio manager in Europe, Walker is also a director of Davnet.

Digital imaging specialist IXLA has appointed Donald Payne a US-based non-executive director. With an involvement of more than 40 years with technology and consumer products, Payne has worked for Enable Software and IBM. He is currently on the boards of Flow Management Technology, Bitwise Designs, Jetform, and Synquest International.

Online retailer dstore has appointed Stephen Mikkelsen CFO. He joined the company from New Zealand, where he was general manager of finance at Contact Energy. He has also worked for ANZ and Ernst & Young. Other recent appointments at dstore include Murray Taylor, formerly of Yves Rocher, as head of marketing; Paul Hosking, from Myer Direct, as head of the CRM and database management department; and Andrew Kent, previously with f2, as head of the online business department.

Doors far away

The action in the US continued apace and included such notable events as:

Ben Rosen has retired as chairman of Compaq Computer after heading the company's board of directors since 1983. Rosen has also retired from the board, although he has been given the honorary title of chairman emeritus. Michael Capellas, president and CEO, has been given the additional role of chairman. At the same time, Shane Robison was appointed chief technology officer and senior vice president. He joined the company from AT&T where he was president of Internet technology and development at AT&T Labs.

Just 24 hours after attracting a $US135 million investment from Microsoft, troubled software developer Corel announced that interim CEO and president Derek Burney had been appointed new leader of the company. He had held the reins since the resignation of founder and CEO Michael Cowpland in August.

Jeff Papows, a former CEO of Lotus Development, has bounced back into business as CEO of Internet startup Maptuit, which provides technology for address matching, route generation, and map rendering. Papows had resigned from Lotus in February, although he remained close to the company for a time as he helped the new CEO, Al Zollar take over.

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