Don't think about that too long. It's time to review some of the past week's most interesting hirings and firings:
Headcount knows Giuliani can maintain a cool head while presiding over great tragedies, but wonders if Capellas has the intestinal fortitude to stitch all the muddy fiefdoms that make up WorldCom together and make them appear to work as a cohesive unit. Of course, neither Giuliani nor Capellas has a telecom background, so they've at least passed the smell test.
And now, Headcount presents this week's "I'm Super. Thanks for Asking (ISTFA) Awards," the prize we give to the companies accused of downsizing who, when called, shrug and say they don't see what all the fuss is about. This week there's a tie for first place:
The cutbacks are old news, says Extreme spokeswoman Valerie Bellofatto. During its most recent earnings call, Extreme noted it was cutting its staff from about 1,000 to about 900, Bellofatto says, and has recently added some very seasoned executives in operations, marketing, and software development. "I have to sort of chuckle here... This is all public information," says Bellofatto, when Headcount inquired about the company's staff size and management changes. Headcount is reassured when a company is so comfortable with its destiny that it sort of chuckles when asked about management attrition.
Coriolis, unfortunately, has been the subject of new rumor each week, most of them bogus. That's why Headcount must now insist that all new Coriolis rumors must be signed and approved by Mr. Wortman.
Here's a summary of other industry appointments (and disappointments) from the past several days:
— Phil Harvey and Marguerite Reardon, Senior Editors, Light Reading