May 14, 2014
JDA Software Group, Inc.,the world’s leading supply chain planning and execution solutions provider, today announced a chief executive officer (CEO) change to lead the company through the next phase of its strategic growth plan.
Baljit (Bal) Dail, a technology executive who has served as JDA’s chairman since May 2013, has been named interim CEO, effective immediately, replacing Hamish Brewer, who is leaving the company. Dail will lead the search for a permanent successor.
Dail has extensive past success in the information technology industry, and has previously served as CEO of both Aon Hewitt and Aon Consulting, and as chief information officer of Aon Corporation. He also was a partner at McKinsey & Company focused on the high-tech sector, and is currently an operating partner at New Mountain Capital. He started his career in the technology group at Marks & Spencer, a leading retailer in the United Kingdom.
“As the leader in supply chain, JDA already has the broadest and most advanced suite of solutions and services covering supply chain planning and execution,” said Dail. “Our intention now is to build on this leadership position by accelerating investments in our solution and delivery capabilities to empower our customers to stay ahead of the curve in an ever-challenging and increasingly complex global supply chain environment.”
“We appreciate Hamish’s leadership through a significant period of growth and success for JDA. On behalf of JDA’s board of directors, shareholders and associates, I would like to thank him for his significant contributions throughout his two decades of service to the company,” said Dail.
“I am proud of the company we built during the 20 years I have been with JDA,” said Brewer. “I am confident that JDA will only continue to strengthen its position as the leader in supply chain solutions and services.”
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There have been a number of industry rumors that the prior JDA acquisition of supply chain execution provider RedPrairie was not going smoothly. That acquisition was declared to be complete in late 2012 with numerous announcements of integration since, but obviously, challenges remain. Dail acknowledged in the briefing that there is often some bumps in integrating an acquisition. He noted that there will be a new emphasis to bring the right skills and knowledge to deliver a successful RedPrairie integration.
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