Compaq Names Former AT&T Exec as New CTO

Shane Robison, former president of AT&T Lab's Internet technology and development division, has been hired as chief technology officer at Compaq Computer Corp. He will assume the posts of senior vice president of technology and chief technology officer, according to an announcement by the Houston-based company today.

"Shane Robison is uniquely qualified to help the Compaq team advance its strategic growth plan from both an internal and external perspective," said Michael Capellas, Compaq's chairman and CEO, in a written statement.

Eric Klein, a senior analyst at The Yankee Group Inc. in Boston, called Robison's appointment another sign that Compaq is getting itself back on the right track. In April last year, the company's longtime CEO and president, Eckhard Pfeiffer, was ousted in a management shake-up after a poor financial performance by the firm.

"They're slowly putting the team together that they need to have," Klein said. "Plucking an industry veteran out of AT&T (Corp.) is a good thing for them."

Robison's hiring is one of several top jobs the company has filled in the last 18 months. Last month, Capellas was named chairman of the company's board of directors after being promoted to president and CEO in July last year. In February, Compaq named Jesse Greene, former director of information technology at Eastman Kodak Co. and an IBM Corp. veteran, as the firm's chief financial officer and a senior vice president.

Klein said the company has been bringing in good people since then and has "shown a turnaround," with new innovations and products and an improved financial outlook.

"It's a new Compaq right now that we're seeing," Klein said. "It's a new team and it's a new vision."

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