Feeds

Borland swaps out CodeGear CEO

Four months too long for Smith

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Borland Software has named a new chief executive for its unwanted CodeGear tools subsidiary, with incumbent Ben Smith exiting after barely four months.

Taking over as CEO is Jim Douglas, a veteran of the sales and marketing side of a trio of businesses involved in the semiconductor sector. Douglas is a former vice president of marketing for Cadence Design Systems, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Tality, and president and CEO of ReShape that was acquired by Magma Design Automation last year for $750,000.

Borland's chief executive Todd Nielsen announced the change of guard, saying Smith is returning to private equity having set the "right tone, energy and structure at CodeGear." Smith was believed to be an architect of Borland's failed attempt to sell its respected developer tools business for $150m, which became CodeGear, through auction. No reason was given for Smith's exit.

Douglas joins two other Cadence veterans. Borland board chairman John Olsen was president of Cadence's design and realization group, while Borland director Mark Garrett is an ex vice president of finance for Cadence, according to Borland's web site.

The change over and new appointment will do little to quell concerns over the long-term future for CodeGear and its respected Delphi and JBuilder products. Developers will be extra rattled at a time when there are signs CodeGear's inaugural offerings aren't cutting it here and here.

Indeed, given Smith's involvement in the failed spin out and Douglas' successful completion of ReShape's sale, indications are Borland remains committed to offloading CodeGear. ®

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE
Tim Berners-Lee isn't happy, but we should be
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder
And now a message from our sponsors: 'STFU or else'
Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store
DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! Naughty, misleading developers!
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

Best practices for enterprise data
Discussing how technology providers have innovated in order to solve new challenges, creating a new framework for enterprise data.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?