Report: IBM software executive to become CA CEO

Report: IBM software executive to become CA CEO

Computer Associates International (CA) is set to name a recently departed IBM executive as its new chief executive officer, The Wall Street Journal reported online on Monday.

The top post at CA will go to John Swainson, who left his post at IBM in the last few days, the newspaper reported. Until July this year he was general manager of IBM's applications and integration middleware division and was responsible for the company's WebSphere middleware product range. In July he was reassigned to become IBM's head of software sales, according to the WSJ.

An IBM spokesman declined to comment on the report. A CA spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Computer Associates has been in the hands of caretaker-CEO Ken Cron since Sanjay Kumar stepped down from the position in April this year.

Kumar quit the job in the wake of an accounting scandal that saw CA systematically record revenue before contracts were finalized to inflate its quarterly results. The scheme affected revenue of US$2.2 billion recorded during 2000 and 2001 and in September saw Kumar and another executive indicted on charges of securities fraud conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Kumar pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Tom Krazit in San Francisco contributed to this report.

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