Lawson Names New CEO, COO

FRAMINGHAM (03/17/2000) - On the eve of its annual user conference, which starts Wednesday in San Diego, Lawson Software Inc. this week revamped its top management by naming a new CEO and chief operating officer.

Richard Lawson, who had been president and chief operating officer at the Minneapolis-based business applications vendor, is now taking over the CEO job.

That was previously held by his brother, William Lawson Sr., who remains the company's chairman.

Lawson said the president and chief operating officer positions will now be held by Jay Coughlan, who previously was executive vice president of field operations and marketing. Coughlan will report to Richard Lawson and be responsible for development, sales, support, marketing, human resources, information technology and legal matters.

Finance is the only department that will still report directly to Richard Lawson, the company said.

A Lawson spokesman said the management changes are tied to a repositioning of the company that will aim to extend its applications into new areas such as e-commerce, online marketplaces and business-to-business collaboration. New Internet-based software and services are due to be announced at Lawson's user conference next week, he added.

Richard and William Lawson co-founded Lawson in 1975 along with a third executive. Coughlan has worked at the company since 1987.

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