VNU Net: Corel chief quits as problems mount
Aug 16, 2000, 18:52 (0 Talkback[s])
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Corel founder Michael Cowpland has resigned from his post as
president, chief executive and chairman, after a string of major
problems at the software company.
Cowpland will continue to serve as a director on the board and
as a technology advisor, but will not be involved in Corel's
operations, the company said in a statement.
Derek Burney, the company's executive vice president of
engineering and chief technology officer, was appointed interim
chief executive and president.
Corel's recent problems have included losses and subsequent
layoffs. Cowpland was also unable to close the takeover of
development tools vendor Inprise/Borland, after shareholders in
that company balked at the terms. Corel has seen its share price
tumble from a 52-week high of $44 to less than $4.
The company has struggled in the Linux market. In its second
financial quarter, Linux sales contributed only $2.6m to total
revenue of $36.6m. Corel had projected sales of Linux software of
$20m to $30m for the full year.
Cowpland is also still facing charges of insider trading. He
allegedly used information about a lower than expected quarterly
financial report for the third quarter of 1997 to sell 2.43 million
shares of company stock for some $14m. Cowpland disputes the
Corel's press release said Cowpland was to spend his time on
"new startup opportunities".