Sybase managing director Gary Jackson will replace Scott Ferguson as managing director of cisco. Jackson is leaving Sybase after two years at the helm of the database vendor. Ferguson's sudden departure from the top spot comes less than a year after joining the router giant from competitor 3Com. He will remain at Cisco in a business development role.
While not commenting on his new appointment, Jackson confirmed he would finish at Sybase within the month. He said he is very happy with what he and his team has achieved since Sybase bought out its local distributor Open Vision Systems in 1994.
"We basically tripled the revenues for the operation in that time and I think it's fair to say we have taken the market share from about 7 or 8 per cent to about 20 per cent today. We are clearly the number two database supplier in Australia, whereas we were a distant third before. The fact that we have grown the team from 32 to 90 during that period is also evidence of the success we have had in that period. It's an excellent team and I will be genuinely sorry to leave," Jackson said.
While Jackson has had plenty of success locally, his tenure coincided with a turbulent period in Sybase's worldwide operations with insipid and sometimes non existent profits and plunging stock prices. The company's System 10 database was not widely acclaimed and Sybase is now pinning its hopes for a revival on System 11.