Iona Technologies, a Dublin-based object technology company, has announced a number of management changes following the resignation of chief executive, Chris Horn.
The company will retain Horn as executive chairman, and he expects to spend more time developing customer relationships and strategic alliances, meaning that the company will focus more on business partnerships to bolster its new ecommerce-led image.
Iona now feels ready to enter the next phase of its business strategy. It grew out of the Corba world, developing an object request broker called Orbix. This product set is still available, but the company has attempted to take advantage of the ecommerce frenzy by developing the iPortal suite, which focuses on exploiting the burgeoning market for enterprise business portals.
The product suite includes Orbix as one of its four components. Other components include an application server, a Corba based integration server for tying together back-end applications, and a portal access and control point called iPortal server.
Horn wants to spend more time at home, according to Bill Hoffman, president of the Object Management Group [OMG], of which Iona is a core member. He will be replaced by Barry Morris, who will head up the enterprise portals strategy.
Other management movements see chief financial officer David James promoted to executive vice president of corporate development. He will be replaced by former vice president of finance, Dan Demmer. A new job, executive vice president of business operations, has been created for Bob Potter, who was formerly senior vice president of sales and services.
Significantly, the company will not be looking to fill the role of chief operating officer, formerly held by Morris. It was a role designed to build an effective management team, and this has now been achieved, according to the company.
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