Reckon receives injection of new blood

Several new faces joined the top tier at listed software seller Reckon this week when CEO Greg Wilkinson announced that David Swallow had been promoted to the COO's job, with additional duties as deputy CEO, and Steve Lemlin has been appointed CFO.

Swallow joined Reckon in March 2000 as sales and marketing manager. His previous experience included jobs with Colgate Palmolive, Lion Nathan/Pepsi and Unilever. CEO Wilkinson gave Swallow credit for Reckon's strong sales growth in the six months to June (see the Deal Makers section of The Rust Report this week).

Lemlin has worked for public companies in the UK, and was most recently at Ramsay Health Care in Australia.

Gamble taken on at Solution 6

High profile executive around town Neil Gamble has taken the CEO's job at Solution 6 Holdings. A veteran of the IT industry, Gamble started working for DEC in 1980 before joining Wang Laboratories in 1982.

More recently he has been CEO of Star City Holdings and Australis Media. He is also a director of Solution 6, Concept Systems International, B4BCO, Soulmates Technology, Stargames and Mobile Innovations.

Following Gamble's arrival at Solution 6 Lindsay Yelland will drop the acting CEO title to concentrate on his COO duties.

Penman calls it quits

Biggest surprise of the week came when Ian Penman announced he will retire from Compaq 15 years after setting up its Australian subsidiary. "I believe now is the right time for me to focus on life outside Compaq. I am reliably informed there is such a thing," he quipped.

Compaq has not had time to find a replacement but expects to announce either a new or acting managing director before Penman departs soon after the Olympics.

Penman has been in the IT industry for 33 years and joined Compaq from IBM Australia.

Around the traps

Listed smart card specialist Keycorp has moved to give itself a multinational flavour by appointing Helen Kamenos as global human resources director and Scott Frayne as director of the access devices business unit. Kamenos knows the IT industry well after stretches at Silicon Graphics, McDonnell Douglas Information Systems, Sharp Electronics, the University and Wollongong and, most recently, Dell Computer. Frayne has held executive positions with Westel, JNA Telecommunications and AMS.

John Gygar, former general manager of marketing for the Asia/Pacific region at DMR Consulting, has been appointed CEO for the World Congress on Information Technology to be held in Adelaide in February 2002. His background includes terms with Fujitsu and IBM in Australia and Malaysia. Details of the congress can be obtained from the Australian Information Industry Association.*TradeAustralia has given its newly appointed CEO Michael Deleray a seat on the board. Deleray joined the company as COO from its US parent in January 2000 and was made CEO in July.

Movements abroad

After his surprise departure from the 2IC's job at Oracle last month Ray Lane has found himself a job as a general partner at venture capital company Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers. KPBC has invested in a number of leading Internet companies, including America Online, and Excite@Home.

IT services legend and unsuccessful US presidential candidate Ross Perot has handed over the reins of Perot Systems to his son, H Ross Perot Jr. Perot senior founded the company in 1988 after selling his Electronic Data Systems to General Motors and serving most of a non-compete period. He is now aged 70, but it seems unlikely that 41-year old Perot Jr will bring the same focus to the job - he is also chairman of real estate company Hillwood Development Corp, which he founded in Dallas in 1988 and which may present some diversions.

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