Papows to Head Internet Startup Maptuit

A year and a half after published reports that then Lotus Development CEO Jeff Papows had lied about parts of his resume and was accused of sexual harassment, the man credited with making Notes and Domino the dominant messaging and groupware application is back in the game.

Wednesday, Maptuit.com formally announced that Papows would be its new CEO. He was named to the board of directors of that company this summer, and at the same time Papows confirmed he had landed a new CEO position but wouldn't say at what company. The same week, Papows was also named to the board of directors at Cambridge, Mass.-based IT Factory Inc., a Lotus partner.

Prior to joining Lotus, Papows was president and chief operating officer at Cognos Inc. in Ottawa and Burlington, Mass.

Maptuit does address matching, route generation, step-by-step directions, map rendering and real-cost proximity searching services over the Internet for wireline and wireless devices.

"The first generation of Web-enabled commerce focused on re-engineering businesses processes," said Papows in a statement. "Maptuit's business model focuses on the customer."

Papows officially resigned from Lotus in February and said at the time he wouldn't look for another job until he had completely left Lotus. Papows stayed on to help current CEO Al Zollar take over leadership at the Cambridge, Mass.-based subsidiary of IBM. Zollar was a 23-year IBM veteran.

At the time, Papows denied that published allegations of impropriety and pending sexual harassment charges factored into his decision. His departure and Zollar's ascent were followed by a wave of executives leaving the company.

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