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Ximian Gets a New CEO

Apr 17, 2001, 16:40 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

By Michael Hall, LinuxToday

GNOME company Ximian, Inc. has announced that CEO and co-founder Nat Friedman will be leaving his post and stepping into the role of Vice President of Product Management to make way for David Patrick, who will assume the responsibilities of CEO and President of the company.

Prior to joining Ximian, Patrick was president of worldwide sales and operations for the consumer software maker The Learning Company. He originally joined WordStar International, a predecessor to The Learning Company, in 1990 as executive vice president of development, marketing and strategic planning, and went on to become WordStar's COO. In 1994, WordStar merged with Softkey and the combined company went on to complete 25 acquisitions, including The Learning Company and Broderbund. The new entity assumed The Learning Company's name and Patrick continued in executive sales and operations roles. During his period with The Learning Company, he helped grow it to $900 million in revenue.

Prior to The Learning Company, Patrick served as vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for the Tops networking division of Sun Microsystems, where he was responsible for the worldwide launch of the company's personal computer networking products. He was previously president and chief operating officer of Migent International, a consumer software company, and held a variety of senior sales and marketing positions for Ashton-Tate. Patrick began his software career at Lotus Development Corporation during the launch of the Lotus 1-2-3 product.

Patrick is on the board of LogoWire, a promotional products company, and ThinkingBytes, a company developing database and software applications for the Palm Pilot. He is also an active member of the Boston CommonAngels, an early-stage angel venture group.

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