New Chiefs for Hackett Group, GetSilicon

Ex-Gartner exec takes over at Answerthink division, industry vet tapped to head chip sector solution provider

Tempe, AZ  December 2, 2002  Technology consultancy Answerthink has named a new head for its Hackett Group organization, and semiconductor industry solutions provider GetSilicon has tapped a chip industry veteran as CEO, according to announcements today from the two companies.

Bruce Barlag has joined Answerthink as president of The Hackett Group, a division of the consultancy that provides advice to help clients optimize processes, organization, technology and information in such corporate functions as finance, information technology, human resources and procurement.

Most recently, Barlag was president and CEO of Next Economy Partners (NEP), a research and advisory firm he founded to augment venture capital firms' ability to assist emerging-technology companies with marketing, revenue generation and strategic alliance development. Prior to NEP, Barlag served as the executive vice president of technology consultancy Gartner's Interactive Services organization and a member of the executive management team. Barlag previously served as Gartner's global chief marketing officer.

At Hackett, Barlag's charge will include extending the group's current benchmarking and collaborative learning programs, as well as launching a series of new research and advisory services offerings.

Meanwhile, Jim Ballingall is set to take over as CEO of Santa Clara, Calif.-based GetSilicon, which offers supply chain execution and tracking solutions for semiconductor manufacturing.

Ballingall is the former vice president for worldwide operations at Marvell Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company. Prior to Marvell, he was vice president for worldwide marketing at UMC, one of the world's largest silicon foundries.

Before UMC, he was general manager at Novellus Systems. Earlier in his career, he held various managerial positions at General Electric.

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