The supply chain planning and executive solutions provider JDA Software said Tuesday that it has named an interim chief executive officer to replace current CEO Hamish Brewer, who is leaving the company.
The new CEO, Baljit Dal, is a technology executive who has served as JDA’s chairman since May 2013. Dal has previously served as CEO of Aon Hewitt, and before that was a partner at McKinsey & Co. He started his career in the technology group at Marks & Spencer, a leading retailer in the United Kingdom.
Dal will lead the search for a permanent successor.
“As the leader in supply chain, JDA already has the broadest and most advanced suite of solutions and services covering supply chain planning and execution,” said Dal. “Our intention now is to build on this leadership position by accelerating investments in our solution and delivery capabilities to empower our customers to stay ahead of the curve in an ever-challenging and increasingly complex global supply chain environment.
“We appreciate Hamish’s leadership through a significant period of growth and success for JDA. On behalf of JDA’s board of directors, shareholders and associates, I would like to thank him for his significant contributions throughout his two decades of service to the company.”
No reason was given for Brewer’s departure. He’s spent the past 20 years with JDA, including more than a decade as its CEO.
Last year, JDA completed a merger with fellow vendor RedPrarie, a move that allowed the companies to leverage their respective strengths in planning/execution and warehousing management. JDA has been very acquisitive under Brewer’s leadership, taking on i2 and Manugistics as well as building out its suite to compete with the likes of Oracle, SAP and Manhattan Associates.
It has been speculated that JDA will now have to focus on organic growth, as well as deciding what its balance of cloud versus on-premise offerings will be going forward.
“I am proud of the company we built during the 20 years I have been with JDA,” said Brewer. “I am confident that JDA will only continue to strengthen its position as the leader in supply chain solutions and services.”