-Up"> The closings announcement came a week after an executive shake-up that saw most high-level management positions at Gateway assumed by former eMachines executives. Gateway founder and CEO Ted Waitt had stepped aside and let eMachines CEO Wayne Inouye assume the post when the deal closed March 11. Waitt will remain as chairman. Gateway then announced that several executives brought in by Waitt over the past year will leave the company. Gateway also announced it is moving its headquarters from Poway, in suburban San Diego, to Orange County, near eMachines former Irvine, Calif., base.Steve Phillips, Gateways senior vice president and CIO, also will leave the company, according to officials. Adam Andersen, who served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at eMachines, is now senior vice president and chief operating officer at Gateway. Bob Davidson, former executive vice president of global product planning, is senior vice president overseeing Gateways U.S. retail push. In addition, Ed Fisher is Gateways senior vice president of product planning after coming over from eMachines as that companys senior vice president of global sales operations. John Goldsberry is moving from eMachines chief financial officer post to senior vice president for business development at Gateway, and Greg Memo, now senior vice president for platform development and operations at Gateway, had been eMachines executive vice president in the same space. Still, not all Gateway executives will be filing out the door. Rod Sherwood will remain as senior vice president and CFO, and Scott Weinbrandt will be senior vice president, professional. Weinbrandt had been senior vice president and general manager of Gateways enterprise systems division and professional business services division. Regardless of the shifts, the bottom line will be how Gateways customers buy into the new Gateway, and support will play a large role. "As far as the management goes, as long as I dont notice it in support, I dont care," NSLs Boothe said. Check out eWEEKs Desktop & Notebook Center at http://desktop.eweek.com for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.
Among those executives departing are Joe Formichelli, vice president of operations and a three-decade industry veteran with such companies as IBM and Toshibas Computer Systems Group, and Jocelyne Attal, a former IBM executive hired as executive vice president for business to oversee Gateways push in the small-to-midsize-business space.