Ralph Stadus springs Dell suprise

Ralph Stadus springs Dell suprise

Conspicuous in his extended absence from the IT scene, former Digital pin-up boy, Ralph Stadus has resurfaced. However his suitors may come as a suprise.

Direct dealers Dell yesterday snaffled up Stadus, who was once rumoured to be taking over the helm at Compaq before incumbent boss Ian Penman spoiled the party.

Stadus was hired to fill the roll of general manager for Dell's Large Corporate Accounts Division, in what could be a precursor to a more partner-based approach to sales by the PC vendor.

Stadus was best known in Australia for his 5-year term as general manager and director for Digital's PC Business Unit, during which time he transferred the vendor's PC business into a bullish competitor. Prior to joining Dell, he was Digital's worldwide marketing vice president for Digital's PC products.

Stadus will report to Gary Elliott, managing director, Dell Computer Australia and New Zealand.

"Ralph Stadus is a well respected manager who has a reputation for creating high performance teams and driving growth, while maintaining quality of service," Elliott said "He has a solid local knowledge of the corporate marketplace and appreciates the customer benefits of theDell business model."

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