Change of the Guard at JDA Software

Hamish Brewer, a long standing CEO of JDA Software Group, Inc., a leading supply chain management (SCM) software solutions provider, is leaving the company. Baljit (Bal) Dail, a technology executive who has served as JDA’s chairman since May 2013, has been named interim CEO. Dail, who is currently also an operating partner at New Mountain Capital, will lead the search for a permanent successor “to lead the company through the next phase of its strategic growth plan.”
While somewhat abrupt and with no previously announced succession planning process (as it was recently properly done at Manhattan Associates), this move is not shocking on second thought. One has to give Brewer credit for taking JDA to where is today, especially through a number of acquisitions. He is more of an operational “keep everything tidy” kind of a leader, and JDA now needs someone more visionary and big picture oriented who will revamp the company and do something that gets the company onto a different track.
It takes a different kind of a leader to take a company from $1 billion to multi billion. Time will only tell how this intent will pan out, but it will be interesting to watch who the new CEO will be. Guy Courtin, a SCM software veteran and long-tenured former i2 Technologies (now part of JDA) employee, provides great insights in his blog post.
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