One Of Dell's Last Babies Walks Away
Dell Computer, long considered the enfant terrible of the PC industry, is down to its last enfant. 29-year-old CEO Michael Dell remains, but on Sept. 14, longtime sales and marketing chief Joel Kocher quit the $2.8 billion Austin (Tex.) company to become chief operating officer of Artisoft, a Tucson-based networking company. Known for passionate speeches and take-no-prisoners sales tactics, Kocher revved up Dell's phone-sales outfit. But when CEO Dell brought in Motorola veteran Morton Topfer as co- CEO in May to help bring order to Dell's operations, there was little room for Kocher. "Joel just couldn't go much further," says Dean Witter analyst Eugene Glazer.