JD Edwards reshuffles management

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JD Edwards reshuffles management

Business applications vendor JD Edwards is reshuffling its senior management team, a move that includes the exit of the company's chief operating officer.

The company announced that along with optimising its global organisation and streamlining the executive chain of command, it is eliminating the position of chief operating officer, a position occupied by Hank Bonde.

The company claimed the changes would make JD Edwards more responsive to key markets and give it a stronger focus on meeting customer needs.

Bonde, 56, was with the company for just under two years. Before that, he was the president and chief executive officer of Tachyon, a broadband satellite services company.

"The changes announced today are an important step in achieving these goals and are symptomatic of our commitment to creating an organisation that continually creates improved opportunities for all our stakeholders," said JD Edwards chief executive officer and president Bob Dutkowsky.

Effective immediately, seven executives who reported to Bonde will now report to Dutkowsky, primarily from the customer-facing parts of the organisation, including sales, service and marketing.

"Consolidating the management team under this reporting structure makes JD Edwards more effective on multiple levels," said Dutkowsky. "We are now better equipped to identify and exploit opportunities in our target markets. We will realise tighter alignment among sales, services, marketing, product management and software engineering."

As part of the restructuring, all research and development operations for software engineering will be under a single organisational unit.

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