Electronic Data Systems Mike Stockwell has been appointed managing director of EDS Malaysia. With more than 35 years of sales, business development and management experience in the IT sector, Mr Stockwell will be responsible for guiding the growth of the company's IT services in Malaysia. Prior to joining EDS, Mr Stockwell worked in Asia and Europe with Sema Group, Computer Sciences Corp (CSC) and National Westminster Bank. At CSC, he worked on IT services projects in healthcare, financial services and utilities. Global Crossing Carl Grivner, chief operating officer with the troubled international IP network carrier, has left the company. A statement from the firm said Mr Grivner's departure was to 'simplify its organisational structure as part of the final stages of its restructuring'. Mr Grivner will not be replaced. Chief executive John Legere will now handle all operational functions at the firm as well as sales and product management. Mr Grivner previously was president and chief executive of WorldPort Communications, chief executive of operations in the western hemisphere for Cable & Wireless, and president and chief executive of Advanced Fibre Communications. A former United States marine, he also worked with Ameritech and IBM. The new slimmed down leadership hopes to steer the company out of bankruptcy in the first half of the year. SuSE Linux The German software firm has announced three important appointments to develop its worldwide marketing, technology and partnering capabilities. Juergen Geck, formerly vice-president, Technology Partners, will become the company's chief technology officer. He replaces Boris Nalbach, who leaves the company in June. Mr Geck, 35, joined SuSE in 1997, and served since early 2000 as vice-president, technology partners. He is credited with developing alliances with AMD, Fujitsu-Siemens-Computers, HP, IBM, Intel, Oracle and SAP. Last year, he introduced SuSE's technology partner program and also helped design SuSE's flagship product, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server and its maintenance model. Departing chief technology officer Boris Nalbach joined SuSE in January last year. He was instrumental in bringing an enterprise focus to SuSE, shaping company and product strategy - including championing the single source-code strategy. Mr Nalbach was also essential in driving SuSE's partnership focus. He will continue to work on special business projects. Uwe Heine, 46, joins SuSE as chief alliance officer. Mr Heine, based in Oakland, California, spent 10 years at Compaq and four years at Siebel Systems. He most recently served as director of HP Global Strategic Alliances at Siebel. Uwe Schmid has joined SuSE as vice-president, business development and marketing. Mr Schmid, 40, previously worked at Mentor Graphics as managing director for data management systems business unit. Prior to that, he was vice-president of product marketing and pricing at i2 Technologies in Dallas, Texas, where he oversaw the repositioning of i2's software. He has also worked for SAP and McKinsey & Co. Flextronics The Singapore-based electronics contract manufacturing giant has appointed Lip Bu Tan to it board of directors. Mr Tan, who joined the board on April 3, replaces departing director Tommie Goh, who had joined the board after the company acquired JIT Holdings. Mr Tan is the founder and chairman of Walden International, which manages more than US$1.8 billion in venture-capital funds. Mr Tan has worked in the venture-capital industry for 20 years and has been a lead investor in, and/or board member of, more than 50 companies. His speciality is early-stage technology investing in the Asia-Pacific region. Lucent Technologies Chief operating officer Bob Holder is to leave the troubled firm this summer as it tries to consolidate its top management. Mr Holder, 56, who was promoted to chief operating officer in October 2001, will not be replaced. Chairman and chief executive Patricia Russo will assume Mr Holder's responsibilities. Prior to becoming chief operating officer, Mr Holder was executive vice-president for corporate operations. He has been with Lucent since it was spun off from AT&T in 1996, after a long career with AT&T. 'I am very proud of my years at Lucent and what I have been able to accomplish working with capable, dedicated people throughout this business, in particular Pat Russo and Henry Schacht,' Mr Holder said. 'I agree with Pat that this is the right time to streamline the senior management structure. Lucent has a strong team in place, and I will enjoy watching this company as it moves forward.' Vanda Systems IT solutions developer Vanda Systems & Communications has appointed Henry Ying Chew Cheong to the board as independent non-executive director. Mr Cheong has more than 25 years of experience in the securities industry and holds several public positions in various institutions. He is a director of UOB Asia, which he joined this year following the integration of the securities businesses of UOB and Worldsec. He founded the Worldsec group as a joint venture with Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank in 1991. Mr Cheong, a non-executive director of various listed companies in Hong Kong, holds a degree in mathematics and a master's in operational research and management.