Executive Movement

New CEO for Servigistics, Brady departs i2, Answerthink names business transformation leader

Tempe, AZ  November 22, 2002  Executive movement this week at several solution providers, with a new CEO at Servigistics, a board resignation at i2 and an addition at Answerthink.

Eric Hinkle took over as CEO at Servigistics, a provider of service parts management solutions. Servigistics' founder and former CEO, Mike Landry, is assuming the role of chief technology officer and will continue to serve on the board of directors.

Hinkle brings 20-plus years of software and business development experience to Servigistics, where he will have overall responsibility for the company's strategy, organization and operations. He also will serve as a member of the company's board.

Hinkle most recently served as CEO, acting chief financial officer and director for MediaOcean, where he raised $15 million in venture capital before orchestrating the sale of the company to Donovan Data Systems in 2002. Prior to MediaOcean, Hinkle served as president, chief operating officer and director for Radiant Systems.

In a company statement, Hinkle suggested that Servigistics is well-positioned for growth. "The company is addressing an important market at a time when companies are realizing that best-in-class service is a strategic imperative, is an important contributor to financial results and is underserved by technology," the new CEO said. "Service parts management represents the best place to start, both in terms of low risk and high impact."

Servigistics' solutions are in use at such companies as Dell, Toshiba, EMC and Subaru.

Meanwhile, supply chain software company i2 announced that Greg Brady has resigned from its board of directors "to pursue outside business interests." Brady joined the board in May 2001 after being named i2 CEO. Brady resigned the position of i2 CEO on April 15 but remained a member of the board.

i2 founder Sanjiv Sidhu took over from Brady as CEO of the company, which saw a sharp drop in revenues this year. Sidhu has undertaken a series of cost-cutting steps, pared down the company's solutions portfolio and refocused i2 on customer service, moves that analysts credit with giving the solution provider a chance to weather the current tech spending downturn.

Finally, technology consultancy Answerthink has named Jeff Smith to be its new managing director of business transformation services. Smith will be responsible for managing the firm's business transformation practices in finance, human resources and supply chain.

Prior to joining Answerthink, Smith spent 18 years at Andersen Business Consulting. Most recently he was the managing partner in charge of the west region's finance and operations solutions practices, as well as leading their Gulf Coast marketplace practice.