Former CA Australia head becomes worldwide sales chief

Post is filled from down under for second time

CA has appointed John Ruthven as worldwide sales head, following the departure of Greg Corgan.

Ruthven will be the second Antipodean to hold the job and will be taking up the position vacated earlier by former global sales head and New Zealander Stephen Richards. The latter resigned in 2004 and is awaiting sentencing on charges relating to fraudulently booking sales revenue.

Ruthven was named senior vice president of worldwide sales operations on June 5, after Corgan left. Corgan was Richards’ immediate successor, taking on the job after Richards resigned.

Ruthven joined CA in Australia in 1996 as a sales representative and and became Australian sales manager in 1997 and, later that year, Australian southern regional manager and regional managing director.

Richards headed CA’s Australian operations during Ruthven’s early years at CA Australia.

In 2002, Ruthven was appointed Australia-New Zealand managing director. In 2004, he became Asia-Pacific senior vice president, reporting to Corgan, who had recently taken over as worldwide sales executive. Corgan, like CA chief executive John Swainson, was a long-time IBM employee before he joined CA three years ago.

Richards and former CA chief executive Sanjay Kumar both pleaded guilty to fraud charges earlier this year. They are due to be sentenced on September 12.

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