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Shareware utilities specialist Aladdin Systems has covertly fired its president, John Nesham, and 12 members of staff. The dismissals took place three weeks ago, but were only revealed this week by on-line magazine macweek.com. An Aladdin Systems spokeswoman said the company's board felt Nesham was "not taking the company in the right direction they wanted it to go". Nesham, after two years in the role, has been replaced as president by Aladdin co-founder and board member Jonathan Kahn. The 12 staff members were laid off because of slow summer sales and a new shift toward the Windows platform, said the spokeswoman. Aladdin's offerings, such as the Stuffit suite of compression/decompression tools, were originally developed for the MacOS, but are now being offered to Windows users.® However, she denied the company's sales were ailing -- on the contrart, she said, sales were growing, thanks to the launch of the iMac and the recent release of new Windows versions of DropStuff and Stuffit Expander.®

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