Enterasys managing director departs

Enterasys managing director departs

Enterasys managing director Sheldon Speer has resigned from the networking vendor. Speer took over as MD in September 2001, replacing one of the networking industry's stalwart figures, Ian Fewtrell. Speer said he is uncertain as to whether he will stay in the IT industry, citing many years of working long hours as the reason for his exit.

"I've just had enough," he said. "I wasn't enjoying working anymore. I have been in this industry for 21 years without a decent break. I've seen the good times and the bad times and the good times and the bad times and it's time for me to just chill out for a while."

Speer has been temporarily replaced by Graeme Shorter, who will manage the Australian and New Zealand operations of the networking vendor as "special adviser" to the Asia-Pacific vice president, Attley Ng.

Shorter said he is "getting the hang of the local operations" while Enterasys searches for Speer's replacement. He said he will remain in the position for "as long as it takes", but noted that it should not take too long as there are plenty of good candidates on the market.

Distributors and major Enterasys channel partners have been informed of Speer's departure either in person or by mail, Shorter said.

Shorter is something of an expert at maintaining continuity during challenging times. His most recent appointments include special adviser to the office of the chief operating officer during the reshuffle in Enterasys Asia-Pacific's management earlier this year.

In March, a US$4 million hole was discovered in the books of the Asia-Pacific division. Three employees -- Asia-Pacific president Gary Workman, David Bowie and Alvin Heng -- were placed on "administrative leave" and eventually asked to leave the company. Shorter's role at the time was to steady the ship and help the company find suitable replacements.

The following month, chief executive Jerry Shanahan, along with chairman, CEO and president Enrique Fiallo, and executive vice president of marketing JE Riddle, all left in a management exodus.

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