Supply and Demand Chain Execs on the Move

Skyway Software names VP to lead global services offerings, CoCreate fills newly created CTO position

Tampa, FL, Fort Collins, CO, and Sindelfingen, Germany  February 4, 2003  Whether they are stepping into newly created positions in their companies, or whether they are filling ones left vacant by someone who came before, supply and demand chain executives have been on the move this week.

First, Skyway Software Inc., a provider of composite supply chain applications for the enterprise, announced that Ron Salvo, a veteran of software professional services, has been named vice president, global solutions delivery. The company said Salvo would lead the overall growth and development of the company's professional services team, which executes strategies and delivers custom services for Global 2000 enterprises.

"We are beginning to round out Skyway's executive management team, putting together a roster of experienced leaders from the software and technology industries that will be able to more broadly and dynamically deliver Skyway's enterprise solution to senior executives and their organizations," said Bruce Johnson, president and CEO, Skyway. "Ron will focus on developing and nurturing professional services relations, helping Global 2000 enterprises unlock the hidden value in their existing supply chain investments."

Salvo has more than 20 years of expertise in professional services strategy development, sales and deployment on a global basis. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of professional services at DWL Inc., a provider of unified business services software. Previously, he was vice president of global solutions delivery at Ariba and vice president of worldwide services at TRADEX Technologies. Before TRADEX, he held senior management positions in professional services at Infinium, Dun & Bradstreet Software, Management Science America and KPMG.

Next, CoCreate Software Inc., a collaborative product development software provider, announced the creation of a new position, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), to guide its global technology development strategy. John Alpine, formerly director of research and development for CoCreate's collaborative design software, was named to fill the position. The appointment will be effective immediately.

According to William Gascoigne, CoCreate CEO, Alpine has been tracking the emergence of new technologies and now that they have matured and can be easily deployed, CoCreate decided it was time to integrate them into their product offerings. "John has strong technical grounding in both software and engineering. With his long history of developing successful engineering products, he is the ideal person to guide this process," Gascoigne said.

Alpine is taking a pragmatic approach to his new duties. "A CTO should be hands-on," he said. "I won't be sitting at my desk making pretty slides about strategies that never get off the ground. I'm here to drive our technology and product strategy in a way that produces tangible, short term results for our customers."

Through his work with CoCreate Software, Hewlett-Packard Co., and EEsof Inc., Alpine has more than 16 years of experience at directing software development across globally dispersed teams. Before coming to CoCreate, he directed research and development for Hewlett-Packard's Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) framework and design environment section. Prior to this, he managed the simulator frameworks group for EEsof.

Alpine gained his engineering experience with Hughes Aircraft, where he spent six years as an engineer in electronics design.