Oracle replaces NCI's CEO

Network Computer Inc. (NCI) is parting ways with its CEO, Jerry Baker, who has been replaced by David Roux, executive vice president of corporate development at Oracle, NCI's parent. Calling Baker's departure a mutual decision, a spokesman for NCI said Baker is a technologist, and after two years of developing its technology NCI now needs a business manager. 'We decided it is time to take NCI to the next level and Jerry decided to resign,' said NCI spokesman Randy Brasche.

Network Computer Inc. (NCI) is parting ways with its CEO, Jerry Baker, who has been replaced by David Roux, executive vice president of corporate development at Oracle, NCI's parent.

Calling Baker's departure a mutual decision, a spokesman for NCI said Baker is a technologist, and after two years of developing its technology NCI now needs a business manager.

"We decided it is time to take NCI to the next level and Jerry decided to resign," said NCI spokesman Randy Brasche.

He added that Roux, who has responsibility for Oracle's business development, mergers and acquisitions, equity investments and technology licensing, is the person best suited to drive NCI's future strategy.

NCI is devoted to developing software for Internet-enabled devices such as television set-top boxes and network computers, the devices touted by Oracle 's CEO and Chairman Larry Ellison for two years now as part of his anti-Microsoft campaign.

Brasche said it was not yet decided if Baker will stay with Oracle or NCI, or if he will leave all together. Baker could not be reached for comment.

Roux will keep his executive vice president post at Oracle in addition to assuming the CEO job at NCI. He spearheaded the development of NCI's Network Computer Reference Profile and was the first chairman of NCI's board of directors, which he still serves on. Roux also managed the merger between NCI and Netscape Communications Corp.'s Navio Communications Inc. in July 1997.

NCI is based in Redwood Shores, California, and can be reached on the Web at http://www.nc.com/. Oracle, also in Redwood Shores, is at http://www.oracle.com/.

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