SAS appoints a chief technology officer

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The SAS Institute has named Keith Collins senior vice president and chief technology officer, effective immediately. He will report to chief operating officer Andre Boisvert and manage the software research and development divisions.

Collins was previously vice president of SAS research and development and managed the development of its software products in 10 programming and testing divisions. He joined SAS in 1984 from Texasgulf Chemicals where he was a scientific engineering programmer.

“Keith has the mandate to align our R&D operations to move products and industry solutions to the market faster,” said Boisvert. Collins will direct more than 1,100 technology development workers at the company headquarters in Cary and research facilities in Texas, Japan, Germany and Denmark.

SAS annually reinvests 30 percent of its revenue into research and development activities. Its 1999 revenues were $1.02 billion.

The company has become more aggressive to acquire and create technology suited for e-business. Earlier this year, it spun off a new company, iBiomatics, and acquired a local start-up, DataFlux. SAS also recently launched a $30 million branding campaign that included a new logo and the slogan, The Power to Know.

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