Mandrakesoft denies rumours and explains management changes 2001-05-22
Pasadena and Paris - Mandrakesoft denies rumours of mass layoffs and explains recent senior management changes
In order to quell further rumours regarding MandrakeSoft's alleged pressing needs for financial liquidity, recent layoffs of part of its senior management team and planned layoffs in its Development team, MandrakeSoft Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO Jacques Le Marois explains that "former CEO Henri Poole and himself mutually agreed on the management change over a month ago as a result of a divergence of views regarding the Company's strategic outlook: Henri's vision was to establish MandrakeSoft as a leader in the e-learning and e-support arenas without a specific focus on Linux, whereas my view is that the source of our success and very essence of our Company is the Linux-Mandrake operating system, and that all of our online services such as MandrakeExpert and MandrakeCampus should be geared to support it and bring value to our user community (...) Furthermore, there is absolutely no foundation in the rumour that we are planning to layoff our Development team, who represent a crucial asset for MandrakeSoft, especially in light of our refocusing on our core Linux values."
Mandrakesoft provides a trusted interface between users of information technology and open technologists. The Linux-Mandrake distribution received the awards for "Best Product of the Year" and "Best Linux-Distribution/Server" at LinuxWorld Expo 99, as well as the PC Answers Platinum Award in April 2000, the Linux Magazine Editor's Choice Award in September 2000 and the Chip Magazine "Best Technique and Winner of the Test" in December 2000.
MandrakeSoft established headquarters in Pasadena (US), Montreal (Quebec - Canada), London (UK), Germany and Paris. Information on Mandrakesoft can be found on their Website: http://www.mandrakesoft.com