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Kumar quits Computer Associates

Cliff Saran and Karen Gomm

Computer Associates chief software architect Sanjay Kumar is leaving the company after resigning as chairman and chief executive in April.

His departure comes just weeks after the company’s annual user conference CA World in which interim chief executive officer Ken Cron assured delegates that Kumar would remain at the company as envoy to customers.

Kumar is the latest in a series of high-profile departures which included CA’s financial officer.

Industry experts have previously advised users that the change in leadership at CA could affect the company’s strategy. "This leadership change is cause for organisations to watch the strategies for specific products as well as for CA as a whole," said Meta Group analyst Corey Ferengul.

The company has been under US government investigation over its accounting practices during the late 1990s. In November 2000, CA adopted a new business and accounting model which focused on selling software by subscription and recognised revenue gradually throughout the life of a contract, rather than all at once as a contract is signed.


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