Some users in the EMEA region ran into issues with their BlackBerry service, but should now be back online, says RIM.
Palm has named Philippe Nahman as director for handheld and mobile manager activities in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
PC shipments in Western Europe, the Middle East and Africa declined in the third quarter, according to research firm Gartner. Western European PC shipments were down 11 percent, while PC shipments across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) fell by 6 percent, the firm said Thursday. Of the top five EMEA PC makers--Compaq Computer, Dell Computer, Fujitsu Siemens, Hewlett-Packard and IBM--only Dell saw an increase in shipments. Meanwhile, Compaq, IBM and Fujitsu-Siemens saw double-digit percentage declines in shipments of 18.8 percent, 30.4 percent and 23.9 percent, respectively. HP maintained shipments around the same level. Dell increased shipments by 5.6 percent. As a result, it increased its share to 8.6 percent of the market, within a few points of Compaq's 11.4-percent market share in the third quarter, Gartner said.
Internet consulting company MarchFirst has named Thomas Metz as its new president and COO and Peter Murphy as its new CFO. The Chicago-based company said Metz replaces Robert Clarkson, who intends to pursue other interests. Murphy replaces Bert Young, who will work for a wireless technology company. Prior to new appointments, Metz was executive partner of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Group. Most recently, Murphy was vice president of accounting.
Gateway 2000 announced Robert J. Cheng as vice president and managing director of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) business group in Dublin, Ireland. Cheng, formerly was vice president of the company's Americas marketing group. Previously, Cheng served for ten years in the data systems group of Texas Instruments. He succeeds Ian Pluthero, who left to pursue other opportunities.