Baan is doing the management shuffle once again, this time at
its highest level.
The Dutch software firm with U.S. headquarters in Reston, Virginia, today
announced it is calling a special meeting of its stockholders in early 1999
to nominate five new members of the management board.
The special meeting was called to fill the vacancy left by Jan Baan. Baan,
who founded the company, announced yesterday that he was removing himself completely from
the firm he founded with his brother Paul Baan. Jan Baan stepped down earlier this year as
chief executive and chairman and decided this week to no longer sit on the
executive or management boards.
Under Dutch business practices, the management board
is typically comprised of top management of the company. The nominees for
the vacancies are Mary Coleman, the newly appointed president of the
company; Klaas Wagenaar, the chief financial officer; Bob Lewis, executive
vice president and president of global field sales; Kevin Calderwood,
president of strategic global accounts; and Laurens van der Tang, executive
vice president of research and development.
Baan's current management board members
include Tom Tinsley, who took over from Jan Baan as chief executive and
chairman of the firm, and Amal Johnson, who heads up Baan's affiliates and
is president of Caps Logistics, which Baan recently bought.
No date has been set yet for the meeting. The management shifts are in
response to Baan's recent financial troubles as it struggles to maintain
its market share in an increasingly competitive niche. All of the major
vendors have announced slower
growth than in years past, but Baan is the only one to post a loss.