Speculation is rife that Oliver Fortuin, who quit as MD of HP South Africa two weeks ago, is to take over the running of the local IBM operation from incumbent Mark Harris.
While IBM remains tight-lipped over the future of both executives, informed sources say that Harris is due to be seconded to an IBM office either in Singapore or in Istanbul.
This, they say, is the reason that Fortuin rejoined IBM South Africa.
Harris himself would not be drawn on the question when contacted.
"There are a lot of rumours in the market and a lot of speculation around Oliver," was all he would say.
Harris has been one of the longest-serving MDs of IBM SA and has been responsible for its strong growth in Africa over the past few years. He is also one of the key advisors to IBM CEO Sam Palmisano on the region.
It is a well-known fact that IBM favours seconding senior executives to regions outside their home territories in order to gain wider experience as they move up the corporate ladder.
It was clear a few years ago that Harris – an IBM veteran – was earmarked for bigger things within the corporation.