Dell Computer has named 33-year IBM veteran James Vanderslice as vice chairman, replacing Morton Topfer, who is stepping back to join the PC maker's board of directors.
Most recently, Vanderslice was senior VP for IBM's Technology Group. Observers say Vanderslice, 59, is familiar with Dell's operations. It was his group within IBM that earlier this year struck parts-and-services supply deals with Dell worth an estimated $22 billion.
Topfer is 63 years old and has been with Dell for five years. He is moving aside voluntary as a step toward retirement, according to Dell.
Dell also announced that former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia has joined its board of directors.