Swainson Takes Over at CA
John Swainson officially takes the reins as CEO of Computer Associates, three months after he was named CEO-elect.John Swainson officially took the reins as CEO of Computer Associates International Inc. on Wednesday, three months after he was named CEO-elect. Swainson takes over from Ken Cron, a CA director, who had served as interim CEO since Sanjay Kumar resigned in April 2004. A veteran of IBM, Swainson joins CA at a time when the company once again is in the midst of change and is looking to distance itself from the old executive regime. In addition to Kumar, several other top CA executives have stepped down and faced scrutiny by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with a series of accounting improprieties at the company in the last few years.
Although he is only now assuming the formal title of CEO, Swainson has spent the last couple of months putting his mark on CA in a number of ways. Last month he engineered an executive reshuffling in which Russ Artzt, the only CA founder left at the company, was placed in charge of the entire product development organization and given the title of executive vice president for products. That move had the effect of pushing aside Mark Barrenechea, who had been senior vice president of product development, but was moved into a newly created position of executive vice president of technology strategy and chief technology architect.