Veritas has set up a European headquarters in the UK to try and cater better to the pan-European needs of its customers, but Peter Jones, UK managing director has been replaced as a result of the reorganisation.
Jones has worked at OpenVision since its inception and had retained the UK position following storage management software supplier Veritas? merger with the systems management software vendor in March this year (see Newswire 2 March, 1997).
He has been a colleague of OpenVision founder, Geoff Squire, since their days at Oracle, which Squire set up in the UK, but is now ?running a variety of European and US activities?, although he will remain with Veritas ?for the forseeable future?.
His role of UK managing director has now been assumed by Phil Bousfield, who also becomes vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Bousfield had formerly managed the operations of several European countries, but the heads of each local subsidiary will now report directly in to him rather than to the US. He will co-ordinate all sales and marketing activities.
Chris Boorman, Veritas? European marketing director, denied that the move had occurred following an argument between Jones and Squire over the future direction of the company or that he had been sidelined.
He added that a single European organisation enabled the company to push its message to the whole region more easily and the move made sense as Europe became more tightly integrated as a result of European Monetary Union.
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