Vincenzo Damiani, formerly Digital Equipment's European chief, has joined the Emea region board of services giant EDS, creating speculation that he never really retired - the official reason for leaving Digital.
A Digital insider said Damiani "was supposed to have retired" after he left the company in September 1996, but his appointment at EDS suggests he was still keen to work and may have been forced out of Digital.
Digital chairman Bob Palmer, when announcing Damiani?s departure and the appointment of his replacement Hans Dirkmann, praised Damiani?s leadership and wished him well in his retirement. Digital?s statement on Damiani?s departure said he had "decided to retire from the company". EDS made no comment on Damiani?s situation.
Damiani, who will run EDS? Swiss and Italian territories, will divide his time between bases in London and Milan. John Bateman, Emea chief executive of EDS, said his experience will be the main benefit to EDS. Damiani joined Digital in December 1993 from IBM Europe.
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