By Stuart Wilson
Software giant Computer Associates (CA) has shuffled its EMEA management pack, making two new appointments and bringing seven more employees into the EMEA management fold. As part of the changes, Tony Martin becomes VP channels EMEA and Gilbert Lacroix, currently head of CA’s Middle East and Arab States organisation takes on Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Pakistan and Northern and Central Africa as well.
Software giant Computer Associates (CA) has shuffled its EMEA management pack, making two new appointments and bringing seven more employees into the EMEA management fold.
As part of the changes, Tony Martin becomes VP channels EMEA and Gilbert Lacroix, currently head of CA’s Middle East and Arab States organisation takes on Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Pakistan and Northern and Central Africa as well. Lacroix will now become area manager, Eastern markets at CA.
Martin’s responsibilities will include all business activity conducted through business partners across the EMEA region including channels, systems integrators and strategic alliance partners. He will also assume responsibility for CA’s Customer Interaction Centre near Barcelona, Spain. Martin has been at CA for more than 20 years including stints as managing director for Holland and Germany as well as his most recent role as manager for the UK, Ireland and South Africa.
Other changes include Andrew Lloyd taking on the VP role for CA’s security management business unit in EMEA and Edward Semerjibashian becoming VP for the EMEA enterprise systems management business unit. Elsewhere, Peter Rasp becomes area manager, Central markets at CA responsible for Germany Switzerland and Austria. Derek Head, previously boss at CA France takes interim responsibility for Southern markets covering France, Iberia, Italy and Greece, while Per Kogut takes on the Nordics, Benelux and Baltic States in his new role as area manager, Northern markets.
“The market should view these changes as a tuning of our business operations to drive more efficient execution and get closer to our customers, rather than a radical restructuring,” commented Andrew Dutton, senior VP and general manager at CA EMEA. “We have implemented business unit organisation at an EMEA level, we have simplified the geographical groupings and we are strengthening the EMEA management team and the marketing organisation.”
“The drivers for these changes are simplification, better management, better execution and more accountability both to our customers and partners,” continued Dutton.
CA has also brought in couple of external hires to strengthen its EMEA management team even further. Sabby Gill has come on board as VP operations and integration at CA EMEA. Gill previously worked at Oracle, where he was responsible to the applications business unit in EMEA and for the international integration of PeopleSoft. Alan Banks has also joined CA from BEA to take on the role of area manager, Western markets. Banks has previously been senior VP global and enterprise department at BEA and prior to that held the role of VP, Northern Europe. In his new role at CA, Banks will be responsible for business activities in numerous territories including the UK, Ireland and South Africa.
“Alan Banks and Sabby Gill bring world-class industry experience to the CA EMEA management team,” added Dutton. “I’m delighted to welcome them on board. We’re building an EMEA leadership team that brings together the energy and insight of high calibre executives who are choosing to join CA with the significant experience of our ‘home grown’ management talent. It is a formidable combination.”