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IBM exec plays musical chairs

One week before the launch of IBM's Java-infused OS/2 Warp 4 operating system, Wally Casey leaves to become vice president of a new division within the company.

One week before the launch of IBM's Java-infused OS/2 Warp 4 operating system, a Warp project leader has left to become vice president of a new division within the company.

Wally Casey will move from the Warp team, where as vice president of client product management he was involved in coordination between development and marketing, to the newly-formed PC General Business Solutions group, formed to pitch IBM hardware and software solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. Casey will report to General Manager Michael Coleman, former general manager for the IBM PC Server Division.

The move is oddly timed, acknowledged an IBM spokeswoman.

"Bad timing, isn't it?" the spokeswoman said. "But the perception is a lot different than the reality. Wally has been offered a great business opportunity, and this was the time to take it. This has nothing to do with OS/2."

Warp 4, known commonly as Merlin, will debut next week as the first desktop OS to integrate Java as well as speech recognition.