Winds of change carry boon to some, fallout to others

Ronald Rittenmeyer

The winds of change have been blowing hard in Texas and Massachusetts.

The loss by EDS Corp. of Plano, Texas, of Senior Vice President Mary Lamb is Suss Consulting Inc.'s gain. Lamb joined the Jenkintown, Pa., consulting firm this month as its first chief operating officer, charged with expanding its government business.

EDS alumnus Raj Asava joined Perot Systems Corp. as vice president, leading the company's newly created enterprise planning group. Asava, most recently senior vice president of strategic deals at Satyam Computer Services, will direct new business development for Perot's consulting and application solutions group.

EDS was the gainer in another executive change, however. Ronald Rittenmeyer, president and COO of the company, was elected president and chief executive officer by the company's board of directors. Rittenmeyer dons the CEO mantle Sept. 1 but joins the board immediately.

Michael Jordan, who has been chairman and CEO of the company since March 2003, will remain as chairman and an executive officer.

Less than 20 miles down the road in Dallas, Affiliated Computer Services Inc. welcomed Christopher Leach as senior vice president and chief information security officer. Leach was senior vice president and CISO for First Horizon National Corp.

In Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick picked Anne Margulies, a technology professional from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as assistant secretary for IT and chief information officer. At MIT, Margulies directed Open Courseware, a large-scale, Web-based initiative that offered free, worldwide access to the institution's course materials.

Former Massachusetts CIOs Louis Gutierrez and Peter Quinn resigned as a result of fallout over the state's controversial open-document policy that became a lightning rod for parts of the technology community that oppose such efforts.

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