The controversy over the payout to Nokia's recent former CEO Steve Elop rings a bell. It seems Elop has as much success leaving a company as he does running one. This time, the debate is over the reported roughly $25 million payout Elop gets with Microsoft's buying Nokia's mobile phone group under a change of control clause (and a substantial decline in market value of Nokia stock until the Microsoft bid came in).
Helen Russell, CEO and founder of SCS, is stepping down from her job. Russell will remain in an advisory role at the Santa Monica, Calif.-based Dynamics AX Nav reseller. Her CEO slot is being over by Kolbeinn Einarsson, an Icelander who came from Advania, an IT operation based that operates in Scandinavia where he was EVP and VP of business development. Russell founded SCS in 1979 and sold it to Iceland-based Kogun in 2006.
Unit4, which markets the Agresso and Coda lines, has entered the Australian market. The Netherlands-based vendor named Peter Simons as Director of UNIT4 for Australia and New Zealand. It had used distributors in Australia for the last decade. These organizations, Agresso Pty Ltd., Connexxion Business Solutions, and S1 Consulting & Software Services Pty Ltd., "will be key in taking UNIT4 solutions to market and providing services around them," the company said in a press release. But otherwise, Unit4 is seeking to build its market through direct sales. Simons was previously director of sales and marketing for Agresso Australia starting in November 2010 and until he took the new job in July. Before that, he was general manager for Maximizer ANZ from January 2007 to November 2010.
NetSuite is not being subtle – is it ever? – in issuing a study that says Sage users are more tied to the desktop than the users of any other package. (I once knew a young lady who was tied to the desktop, but we won't get into that here.) NetSuite published a press release that reported a study conducted by YouGov "indicates that approximately three quarters of business leaders using Sage business software that were surveyed report having to access their business information from a desktop PC with client software installed, as opposed to through the cloud from any other device." YouGov, based in the United Kingdom, is described as a professional research and consulting organization.