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NewsForge: MandrakeSoft loses more than CEO

May 22, 2001, 12:57 (35 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

NewsForge has provided confirmation that MandrakeSoft has undergone a major layoff, including CEO Henri Pool and a collection of others (attributed to unnamed sources) including CTO Jean-Loup Gailly, "the IS team," except one, and a collection of others who have either left or taken voluntary pay cuts. The report characterizes the layoff as a "management bloodbath," but notes that the layoffs centered around U.S. staff, possibly provoked by waning hopes of an IPO in the States.

"It's starting to sound more like a management bloodbath, or as a PR person would probably say, "a major upper-level staff realignment." But whatever words you use, Mandrake seems to have had a sudden change of heart ... err ... management. We are not exactly sure who is now in charge of the popular Mandrake Linux distribution, but hope to find out soon. One positive note: The original rumors we heard about Mandrake laying off "all the desktop developers" are apparently untrue.

...Company insiders note that most of the Mandrake managers who were shown the door today are American. One source suggested that this was because "Mandrake can't rationally hope for a U.S. IPO any time soon, so there was no reason to keep a lot of high-cost American managers around. The company is now more French than it has been for the last few years."

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