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EMC Sics Lewis on Software

EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) is shifting Mark Lewis into a new role as executive VP of its Open Software Operations, replacing Erez Ofer, who, the company says, has decided to move back to Israel (see EMC Appoints Lewis EVP of Software).

The change, which is scheduled to be effective July 1, 2003, comes less than a year after Lewis left Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) to join EMC as CTO and EVP of new ventures in July 2002 (see Lewis Quits HP for EMC).

Ofer, who joined EMC in 1993 and led the software development of the Symmetrix storage system, will retain the title of EVP after he relocates to Israel. EMC spokesman Michael Gallant says the management change was entirely based on Ofer's decision to relocate outside the U.S.

"Erez has done a really great job," he says. "It was 100 percent personal regarding moving his family to Israel." Ofer once served in the Israeli Air Force and has undergraduate and master's engineering degrees from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

In his new role, Ofer will "largely have a customer-facing role" in Europe, says Gallant -- in other words, he's going to be one of the top sales guy in the hemisphere. In addition, he will play a strategic advisory role, reporting directly to EMC president and CEO Joe Tucci. "He will add a lot of firepower to the talent we have in Europe," says Gallant.

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