Compaq announced its new management line-up, following its acquisition of Digital Equipment, yesterday. It came as no surprise that Bob Palmer, president and CEO of Digital, was not on the list.
This is the second major management shake-up at Compaq this year. The previous reshuffle, in January, followed the takeover of Tandem and saw the departure that company's CEO Roel Pieper.
While Pieper did serve as a Compaq executive for a short time after Tandem was acquired, Palmer will not stay on after the merger with Compaq is completed in July.
Palmer, who is 57, joined Digital in 1985. In 1992, when he became president and CEO, the company was already in turmoil.
He received credit for building Digital?s services business and for pushing the Alpha Risc chip technology but he also presided over six years of painful downsizing.
In a statement, Palmer said he is leaving with mixed emotions. ?The combination of Digital and Compaq will be a new force in the computing industry," he said.
Compaq president Eckhard Pfeiffer said in a statement that he and Palmer shared a common vision of the future for both companies. ?I am personally in his debt for all he has done to make this merger work," Pfeiffer said.
Most of the new management team are Compaq executives, with only a few from Digital and Tandem.
John Rose, head of the server business, sees his responsibilities considerably enlarged. He will oversee Compaq?s enterprise computing group. which adds responsibility for Digital?s Alpha and Intel based servers, as well as the former Tandem, to his existing portfolio.
Michael Heil becomes senior vice president and general manager for worldwide sales and marketing, a position similar to the one he held in the 'old' Compaq since January.
Michael Winkler will head the PC products division, while Rod Shrock will be vice president and group general manager of consumer products.
John Rando will be one of the few Digital executives at the top of the merged company. He used to head Digital?s successful services business, and will now lead the newly formed Compaq services division.
Enrico Pesatori, formerly president of the Tandem subsidiary, becomes senior vice president of marketing.
In January, Compaq announced its intention to purchase Digital in a stock deal valued at $9.6 billion. The merger is expected to be approved by Digital stockholders on 11 June. The companies hope to close the transaction ?soon after?.
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