Wednesday's Whispers: The Word On The Street - January 2009

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Jeff Abbott, Oracle's former Vice President for Global Accelerate Strategy and Programs has left and joined Infor.  Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Abbott held senior positions at Accenture, Saturn Corporation, International Paper and Georgia-Pacific in operations, logistics, sales and strategy.
Fion Cheok was promoted from Assistant Manager to Manager, BAS at Ernst & Young in September 2008.
Patryk Choros is now Business Intelligence Director at Infovide-Matrix.  He formerly served as the Financial Sector Manager for BI solutions at Infovide-Matrix, a leading system integrator headquartered in Poland.
Jasmin Dave is now Sales Manager for Nvision at NVIDIA. She was previously a Global Sales Manager for Events at CMP Media,
Renee Boucher Ferguson became Sr. Research Analyst at Kennedy Consulting Research and Advisory in October 2008.  Her previous roles include serving as a Senior Writer at Ziff Davis Enterprise
Madhu Ghosh was promoted at Dun & Bradstreet from Assistant Vice President for Business Development for Customer Solutions to Assistant Vice President for Program Management and Product Strategy for Global Analytics Products.

Jun Kawahara became Editor-in-Chief, CIO Magazine Japan for IDG Japan, Inc. in October 2008.  Jun previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of IDG's sister publication, Computerworld Japan.
Sonja Lemmen left Forrester Research to join  Batenborch International as aBusiness Consultant.  She previously served as a Sales Executive.
Janey Lien is now HR Manager at SST.  Janey has served many senior roles in HR for companies such as NetApp,, and Hewitt Associates.
Kevin Maddock has joined Rimini Street's Executive Team as the Senior Vice President of Global Sales.  Prior to joining Rimini Street, Maddock served as executive vice president of worldwide inside sales and operations for ServiceSource and as the Vice President of worldwide support service sales at PeopleSoft, Inc
Alexandre Mesquita de Carvalho is now Senior Sales Engineer at

Kelli Oliveri has been promoted from Director of Analyst Relations to Senior Director, Analyst Relations for Oracle Services.  Former roles include serving as a Vice President and Managing Partner, Market Research and Strategy Services at Market-4-Business.
Laurie Sullivan became Reporter at Mediapost, Online Media Daily in October 2008
Nadina Talukdar became the Head of Worldwide Analyst Relations at TIBCO Software Inc. in September 2008.  Previous experiences include serving as the Director of Analyst Relations at BEA and product marketing and alliance roles at both Sun and Oracle.
Simon Trudelle has left Augeo Software, joining a French SaaS company next week..
Doug Topken has left Dun & Bradstreet and has become a Vice President for Business Relationship Management at Reed Elsevier.
Navi Radjou leaves Forrester for Cambridge University after a decade of being a star analyst in technology.  Navi will serve as the Executive Director of the Cambridge Center for Indian Business and move from San Francisco to London, UK.
Kaj van de Loo rejoined SAP in December as an SVP in the Office of the CTO.  Kaj was the former VP of Engineering at Questra and was a VP for Market Development Engineering at SAP Labs.
Melissa Wilkinson became Senior Program Manager- Tech Industry Consulting at Forrester Research in July 2008
Kyung Yoon, the former Vice Chairman of Heidrick and Struggles has joined Talent Age Associates as its CEO.
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  • RIF's have come and may continue to come from the major tech vendors such as HP, Infor, Lawson, Oracle, SAP, and Sun.
  • Most tech companies have placed hiring freezes.
  • Recent issues with Satyam may cause a chain reaction in the IT services industry with consolidation at the forefront.
  • Many tech vendors are waiting for the Obama spending bills to pass and expect the stimulus to pick up late in Q3 2009.

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