Say hello to Dumbledore for me! Scholastic, publisher of the wildly popular Harry Potter series, has hired Reg Maton as its new senior VP and CIO. Maton replaces Maurice Greenfield, who retired, and will report to Beth Ford, Scholastic's senior VP of global operations and IT. This will be Maton's fifth CIO job. His most recent was as CIO of Symbol Technologies, and he's held top IT posts at Olympus America, Standard Microsystems, and Tiffany. Earlier in his career, Maton spent 12 years at CBS, where he put in "eight years on the business side and four years in IT," he says.
Luanne Johnson has been named president of the Charles Babbage Foundation, a Palo Alto, Calif., nonprofit corporation dedicated to preserving the history of IT. You may remember her as Luanne James, one-time president of Adapso, which was renamed the Information Technology Association of America. Johnson comes to her new job from the Software History Center, which she co-founded in 2000. The foundation provides financial and advisory support to the Charles Babbage Institute, the historical archives and research center of the University of Minnesota.
Apple bit back last week at the constant leaks that plague its product rollouts by suing a former contract worker who allegedly posted details of upcoming products. Said an Apple spokesperson in a statement to MacCentral, an Apple-oriented Web site, "Apple has filed a civil complaint against Jose Lopez, previously employed by Apple as a contractor, who we believe stole Apple's trade secrets by posting schematic drawings, images, and engineering details of an unannounced Apple product on the Internet."
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