PeopleSoft exec follows Conway out the door

PeopleSoft exec follows Conway out the door

Within two weeks of the firing of CEO Craig Conway, business applications vendor PeopleSoft has seen the departure of another top executive, Ram Gupta, senior vice president of products and technology.

Company spokesman Steve Swasey yesterday confirmed Gupta's exit but declined to add any details, leaving it unclear whether Gupta was fired, as his boss Conway was, or left voluntarily.

"We don't discuss the departure of employees and personal employee business," Swasey said.

Gupta was largely seen as the executive in charge of the consolidation of the PeopleSoft applications portfolio with those of J.D. Edwards & Co., which PeopleSoft acquired last year. In an interview with Computerworld this summer, Gupta said that among PeopleSoft's postmerger achievements was the ability to provide customers with "more choice" in products.

In addition to reviving development of the World product line, Gupta claimed that in one year, PeopleSoft rolled out more enhancements to the EnterpriseOne suite, the former J.D. Edwards flagship application, than had been added in the two years before the merger.

Replacing Gupta is longtime PeopleSoft veteran Stan Swete, who worked for PeopleSoft between 1992 and 2002 and was one of "the principal architects of PeopleSoft 8," according to Swasey. Swete's return to the company demonstrates CEO Dave Duffield's commitment "to re-energize PeopleSoft's innovation and technology development," Swasey added.

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