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B2B vendor i2 joins rival Ariba in naming new CEO

I2 Technologies today became the second business-to-business (B2B) software vendor to appoint a new CEO this week, announcing...

I2 Technologies today became the second business-to-business (B2B) software vendor to appoint a new CEO this week, announcing that Greg Brady, who had been the company's president, will take over the top executive spot from co-founder Sanjiv Sidhu.

The management change at i2 comes just two days after rival Ariba named Larry Mueller as its president and chief operating officer, replacing former CEO Keith Krach. Like other B2B vendors, i2 and Mountain View, Ariba are being hit by lower-than-expected sales that have forced them to resort to redundancies.

For example, i2, which also makes supply chain management software, disclosed last month that it had cut more than 600 workers after its first-quarter profits came in nearly 50% below the previous year's figure. Ariba also said 700 of its 2,100 employees would go following a $1.84bn (£1.28bn) net loss in its second financial quarter and the demise of a planned acquisition of Agile Software.

Brady, 40, has been president of i2 since 1994 and was responsible for the company's product strategies, sales force and acquisition activities in that job, according to today's announcement. In addition to taking over as CEO, Brady is expected to become a member of i2's board of directors, the company said.

Sidhu will stay on as chairman and provide "ongoing direction and vision for the company," i2 said. The company added that Sidhu will consult with Brady on long-term strategies and spend "a significant amount of his time" working with i2 users, employees and business partners. Romesh Wadhwani, i2's other co-founder, will remain as vice chairman.

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