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Next Computer President Peter van Cuylenburg Announces Resignation

March 17, 1993

REDWOOD CITY, Ca (AP) _ President and chief operating officer Peter van Cuylenburg has resigned and will leave Next Computer Inc. at the end of April, the company announced Tuesday.

Van Cuylenburg, 44, will continue to work for Next as a consultant, the company said.

″It was a mutual decision, a follow-on to the transition begun in February when Next decided to become a software company,″ said a company spokeswoman.

Next is the brainchild of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer Inc.

Jobs announced last month that the computer company would stop producing hardware and focus on its unique NextStep software operating system. The company laid off 300 of its 530 employees.

Van Cuylenburg, who has a reputation for managing large companies, joined Next a year ago after leaving London-based Cable & Wireless Plc.

The San Jose Mercury News reported Tuesday that tensions had developed between Jobs and van Cuylenburg, in part because of Jobs’ management style.

But the company said Jobs and van Cuylenburg decided that the scaled-down company no longer needs both a chief operating officer and a CEO. The position of chief operating officer will be filled by Jobs and the post of president will not be filled.

″Next is headed in the right direction, and I will continue to support its efforts as a consultant. My departure is certainly an amicable one,″ van Cuylenburg said in a prepared statement.

A plan to announce additional changes in the makeup of Next’s board of directors was postponed Tuesday without explanation.

Jobs started Next after he was ousted from Apple in a power struggle in 1985. Next introduced its first computer in 1988.

The privately-held company posted its first quarterly operating profit in the last quarter of 1992 on sales of $140 million, but has sold only about 50,000 of its sleek black workstations.

Canon Inc. has reportedly invested $100 million in the company. Canon agreed last month to purchase Next’s hardware business.

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