IBM moves to halt exodus from Lotus Key officers are retained, elevated

October 14, 1995|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- IBM moved swiftly yesterday to control any damage caused by the resignation of Jim Manzi as chief of Lotus Development Corp., naming two vice presidents to lead the recently acquired software company.

Wednesday's resignation of Mr. Manzi, 99 days after Lotus became an IBM subsidiary, had been expected to lead to an exodus of top Lotus executives.

There was one resignation yesterday, by Robert K. Weiler, a senior vice president of the desktop business group.

But more important for IBM, the company said Ray Ozzie, the developer and creative genius behind Lotus Notes, the critical product in the IBM acquisition of Lotus, announced that he would stay on to oversee the next release of Notes, called Version 4.0, which is due out by the end of the year.

Another top Lotus executive, John Landry, the company's chief technology officer, is also staying, said John M. Thompson, an IBM senior vice president and group executive for software.

The two vice presidents who will lead Lotus -- Michael D. Zisman and Jeffrey Papows -- are relative newcomers, having worked as partners in running Lotus' communications business group for the last year. Mr. Zisman, 46, and Mr. Papows, 41, will form an office of the president for Lotus and will report to Mr. Thompson.

The communications business group includes Notes, the "groupware" product that was the focus of IBM's attention in making the acquisition.

Mr. Zisman will be chief executive, focused on strategic planning and customer relations. Mr. Papows will be chief operating officer and will run operations. All the Lotus officers who reported to Mr. Manzi will now report to them.

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