Plus: EMAK Worldwide Bids Adieu to its CIO.
Score one point for Salesforce.com: In the CRM on-demand wars, Salesforce.com chalks up a point for hiring a new CTO from nemesis Siebel. The employee in question, one Bernard Pech, is charged with developing higher-end capabilities and drawing in enterprise level customers, according to Computer Business Review. Pech worked as Siebel’s CTO for seven years.
File this next announcement under: Don’t Send Your Resume to This Company. . . Bassam Fawaz will be leaving his post as SVP of worldwide operations and CIO of marketing services firm EMAK Worldwide at the end of the month. I don’t know the details surrounding Fawaz’s imminent departure, but given the fact that EMAK announced a restructuring last December and given that the press release mentioning Fawaz also references streamlining the company’s management structure, consolidating functions and driving out costs, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I think Fawaz is being restructured out of a job. What do you think? Ya think EMAK is eliminating the CIO post to cut costs, just as they did with the CFO post a few months ago? Use the feedback form to speculate.
Here’s another interesting press release I came across today: RehabCare Group hired Jay Shreiner as its new SVP and CFO. Shreiner is definitely a finance guy, but he did once serve as CIO of Kellogg. RehabCare’s CIO, Natasha Hawkins, will report directly to Shreiner once he starts on March 27. I ask you, dedicated readers, is Shreiner’s stint as a CIO a good thing or a bad thing for Hawkins? Use the feedback form to elaborate. Please.