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3Com Shuffles Upper Management Ranks

3Com last week shuffled its upper management ranks in sales, marketing and operations.

The Marlborough, Mass.-based networking and VoIP vendor tapped Robert Dechant as senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, replacing James Fieger as head of worldwide sales. The vendor also appointed Dan Beck to the newly created role of senior vice president of operations.

Both executives are former colleagues of 3Com President and CEO Scott Murray and will report directly to him. Nick Tidd, 3Com’s North American channel chief, continues to report to Jim Williams, vice president of North American sales, who now reports to Dechant.

CRN has learned that 3Com Chief Marketing Officer Jim Freeze also has left the company. The vendor does not plan to fill the CMO role. Instead last month it named Deborah Keeman as vice president of global marketing. Keeman, also a former Murray colleague, will report to Dechant, according to a 3Com spokesman.

The move to consolidate sales and marketing under Dechant is a step in the right direction, said Glenn Conley, president and CEO of Metropark Communications, St. Louis.

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