Foster Out As Veritas Vice President Of Channels

The spokeswoman declined to provide additional information about Foster's departure but said the storage software company, based here, expects to announce a replacement by the end of the month.

Several solution providers contacted by CRN said Foster's departure will have no impact on their business or on Veritas' channels.

Tom Kuni, president of Sales Strategies, a Metuchen, N.J.-based solution provider, said he expects Veritas to replace Foster with a former Oracle executive. Such a move would be consistent with other hires by Veritas, which is headed by CEO Gary Bloom, formerly the No. 2 executive at Oracle, he said.

"It is a part of the continuance of the 'Oraclization' of Veritas," Kuni said. "Perhaps the new gentleman will have Oracle on his resume."

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Foster's departure came the same week that Veritas officials announced that Paul Sallaberry, executive vice president of worldwide field operations, would step down from that post this month but continue to serve as executive vice president of sales strategy. The Veritas spokeswoman said Sallaberry's move stemmed from his desire to cut back on travel.

In November, Veritas hired Edwin Gillis, formerly executive vice president and CFO at Parametric Technology, to take the CFO and executive vice president post vacated by Kenneth Lonchar, who resigned in early October after Veritas said it discovered that he had lied on his resume.

SCOTT CAMPBELL contributed to this story.