'Perfect' COO leaves iXL in the lurch

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The man described by iXL as “a perfect fit” for its restructured business has changed his mind. Because of a prior commitment with another employer, James Gionfriddo will not join iXL as its chief operating officer, as earlier announced.

Instead, executive vice president of operations, Barry Sikes, will continue in his temporary role as chief operating officer, and the company will continue its search.

Gionfriddo was previously president of NIIT USA, the $250 million multinational. He also served with PeopleSoft and Computer Sciences. He was Oracle’s senior practice director for the southern region and a partner with Coopers & Lybrand.

In the autumn, the company announced a reduction of its workforce and a restructuring of its senior management team, saying that it had been a difficult quarter.

It looks as if its difficulties are not yet over.



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