Agile Taps PeopleSoft Vet

Fulcher takes over as president and COO, sees expanding product lifecycle management market; new leaders named at NONSTOP, CoreHarbor, too

San Jose, CA  October 8, 2002  Agile Software has hired PeopleSoft and SAP veteran Jay Fulcher to head the company as president and chief operating officer, the software provider announced today.

Other solution providers announcing new presidents Tuesday included NONSTOP & CoreHarbor.

Fulcher will assume overall responsibility for sales, marketing and services execution at Agile, which offers solutions for product lifecycle management (PLM). Bryan Stolle, who remains as CEO and chairman of the company, will focus on product strategy and overall corporate strategy and direction.

Fulcher, who had been on a yearlong sabbatical from PeopleSoft prior to joining Agile, brings nearly 20 years of technology industry experience to his new job. He had early experience in managing field operations at SAP and Red Pepper Software, and later he was president of PeopleSoft's product division and executive vice president of that firm's $1 billion global services division.

In an interview, Fulcher said that it was an easy decision for him to come to Agile because he believes the company is well positioned in the current, difficult economic climate. "Agile is a company that's going to be around for the long-term," he said, noting the software provider's base of 800-plus customers and its solid cash position in spite of four straight quarters of losses.

The primary tasks for Agile will be selling its new solutions into the company's existing customer base and to new customers, Fulcher said, as well as capturing share in a PLM market that is both growing and growing in recognition as a distinct software category. "Product lifecycle management is a category that people know and understand and that people recognize as critical," Fulcher said.

Agile's success in that market will depend to some degree on its ability to ensure that its service organization can provide customers with the services and service packages that they are seeking, such as more rapid implementations, added Fulcher, who stressed field operations will be a key part of his mandate at Agile. "During my whole career, I've been very close to the customer, and I plan to bring that experience to Agile," Fulcher said.

Coming off his sabbatical, Agile's new president says that his batteries are "fully recharged" and that he is ready to face the challenges associated with helping to guide a software company through the current difficult market. "If Bryan [Stolle] and I can continue to focus on making sure that the execution gets better and better, I think we're going to be in great shape," Fulcher concluded.

New President for NONSTOP

Elsewhere in the software industry, supply chain optimization specialist NONSTOP Solutions named Katrina Roche as its chief operating officer and president of worldwide operations.

NONSTOP provides software for demand planning and inventory management at manufacturers, wholesale distributors and retailers.

Roche joins NONSTOP from i2 Technologies, where she served as chief marketing officer and was responsible for the company's global marketing initiatives. Roche has more than 15 years of enterprise software experience, including expertise in the supply chain market.

Previously she founded and served as president and CEO of Cygnus Technology, a Southern California consulting firm specializing in large-scale supply chain management and enterprise resource planning implementations for distributor and life science companies. She then joined Baan, where she was responsible for bringing that company's supply chain and transportation product suite to market.

Fresh Chief at CoreHarbor

Finally, CoreHarbor, which offers hosted e-business solutions, named Thomas Stallings as president and chief operating officer, with the company's founder, Jay Chaudhry, remaining as CEO and chairman of the board.

Stallings previously served as CEO at Cambar Software and Analytika. Stallings also served as area vice president for the telecommunications business unit at Oracle. Prior to that he held numerous sales and marketing executive positions at IBM.

As president and COO, Stallings will drive CoreHarbor's strategy, which focuses on helping companies manage their e-commerce solutions for the purpose of improving purchasing practices and improving their bottom lines.
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