Steve Garnett, Oracle's vice president of marketing for the EMEA region, has quit to go to up-and-coming sales and marketing software supplier, Siebel Systems, as vice president of Europe.
Garnett was believed to have been unhappy with his role at Oracle for some time. Formerly vice president of alliances before Oracle's former VP of Europe, Luek van den Boog, was removed, he retained only the marketing element of his job after Oracle's recentralisation of power back into California in April last year.
He would appear to have been further sidelined since Pier Carlo Falotti came on board as head of Oracle Europe last summer, bringing his own staff with him.
Mike Evans, European marketing director at rival Informix, said: "It will be a bitter blow for Oracle. Garnett joined Oracle UK in 1994 as a technical support consultant and worked his way up to the highest levels in the company. He was responsible for many of the improvements in Oracle's channel strategy over the past five years and will be sorely missed. I wish him all the best in the future."
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