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Day: April 5, 1999

Thoman Becomes CEO of Xerox

Rick Thoman was elected chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation by the Board of Directors. The announcement was made by Paul A. Allaire, who is relinquishing the title of CEO but remaining as board chairman for about another year. Also today, two executive vice presidents, William F. Buehler and Barry D. Romeril, were elected to the board and named to the newly created position of vice chairman of the board. Buehler is also president of Industry Solutions Operations for Xerox and Romeril is also the company’s chief financial officer. Allaire became CEO in 1990 and chairman the following year. Richard “Rick” Thoman, 54, joined Xerox in June 1997 from International Business Machines. From 1994-1995, he was senior vice president and general manager of IBM’s personal systems group, which included the PC Company; and later he became IBM’s chief financial officer. Prior to joining IBM in 1994, Thoman was president and CEO of Nabisco International, beginning in 1992. Before that, he was president and CEO of American Express International and chairman and co-chief executive officer of American Express Travel Related Services Company. Before joining American Express in 1979, Thoman was a senior associate with McKinsey and Company. Buehler, 59, joined Xerox in 1991 after 27 years with AT&T. His organization, Industry Solutions Operations, is responsible for developing and delivering industry-specific document solutions to customers in North America and Europe. Romeril, 55, joined Xerox in 1993 from British Telecommunications in London, where he had served as group finance director since 1988. At Xerox, he is responsible for all finance, treasury, tax and audit aspects of the company, as well as its internal services and real estate operations. In addition, he is responsible for Xerox Technology Enterprises, which oversees emerging businesses; the company’s intellectual property unit; and Xerox Engineering Services.

Xerox Canada Joins PC DOCS as National Reseller

Xerox Canada and PC DOCS/Fulcrum Canada announced a nation-wide reseller agreement to add the PC DOCS/Fulcrum suite of products to the Xerox Professional Business Services (XPBS) portfolio. Under the agreement, Xerox Canada will offer the DOCS Enterprise and DOCSFulcrum suite of products on a national level through its established sales channels focusing on industry and vertical markets including Legal, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Graphic Arts, Engineering and the Public Sector. Xerox is also making a nation-wide commitment to training and support for their XPBS sales team on the PC DOCS/Fulcrum solutions suite.,

Multicosm Announces Refindment for Lotus Notes

Multicosm Ltd., announced Refindment for Lotus Notes. Refindment enables searches across Notes databases enterprise-wide and better organizes information with theming and summarization features. Refindment for Lotus Notes lets organizations make use of the vast amount of information contained in the Notes databases throughout an organization by coordinating the data into a master index of the most significant concepts or themes. Users can drill down and view summaries of the documents containing the selected themes. Refindment for Notes automatically populates each document with hyperlinks so that users can jump to other related documents. In addition, user’s summary and theme databases can be saved for access by other employees, permanently capturing valuable corporate knowledge regardless of employee or company transitions.

Microsoft and EFF Propose Solutions for Simplifying P3P

Microsoft Corp.and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) jointly announced newly proposed guidelines for the Privacy Preferences Project (P3P). The new technology and standards-based solution is designed to accelerate the widespread adoption of P3P. The proposed guidelines, which will be submitted to the W3C, simplify the process by which Web sites of all sizes can post privacy policies. Microsoft and EFF’s proposed P3P guidelines are intended to simplify the process by which P3P-ready privacy policies can be created and posted. A P3P-based privacy statement is an XML document that states the information practices of a Web site or page. The first application of the P3P syntax to privacy statements will be available as a Web-based service called the Privacy Wizard. It is a simple-to-use and easy-to-implement privacy solution for Web site owners who have limited technical and policy resources. The Privacy Wizard was developed by Microsoft and TRUSTe, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building consumer trust on the Internet, and will be available by the end of the week through MSN LinkExchange ). MSN LinkExchange is a provider of services that helps small businesses and Web site owners promote, improve and earn revenues from their Web sites. More information about the development and deployment of practical solutions for online privacy can be found in a case study, co-authored by EFF, Microsoft, and Ernst and Young, titled “Architecture Is Policy: Cooperative Development as a Means for a Standards-Based Implementation for Privacy on the Internet”,

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