The accounting scandal that has seen Sanjay Kumar and Stephen Richards receive prison sentences has earned CA a lot of bad publicity, but behind the headlines is a company that has put that episode behind it and continues to earn billions of dollars in global revenues and operate a healthy subsidiary in New Zealand.
CA’s local operation is a tiny part of the global company, but its profile has been lifted somewhat by the fact that in the early 1990s, it was headed by Stephen Richards.
However, Richards took up the position of Australian managing director in February 1995 and then shifted to the US in 1998, shortly afterwards becoming worldwide head of sales.
Back in New Zealand, CA had a succession of country managers including, in the late 1990s, David Sykes, who went on to become Symantec’s Pacific vice president.
Another ex-CA New Zealand manager, Richard Collins, juggled the local MD role with being regional head CA’s Brightstor storage product line, based in Australia, before leaving CA in 2004.
The immediate past-local CA head, Tony Armfield, has gone on to a more senior role with CA in Australia and the company’s local operation is now headed by Stuart Preston.
New Zealand is leading the CA world in terms of the proportion of sales made through business partners, a fact that CA’s global chief executive, John Swainson, noted during a visit here in February.
Local customers of CA include Transpower, which uses CA’s Unicenter management product, the New Zealand Defence Force, which uses the company’s eTrust directory r8.1 product and its BrightStor high availability data replication software, and the Ministry of Education, which uses CA’s eTrust v7 antivirus software.