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Dell CFO Brian Gladden Resigns, Eyes a CEO Chair

The move comes five-plus years after his arrival at the company and three months after the completion of its contentious LBO.
David McCannJanuary 28, 2014

Dell finance chief Brian Gladden has resigned, reportedly to become CEO at a different, as-yet-unnamed company. He has previous CEO experience, with Sabic Innovative Plastics Holding, formerly GE Plastics. Gladden had worked at General Electric for more than 20 years in a variety of divisional finance and operational roles. He came to Dell as CFO in 2008.

Brian Gladden

Brian Gladden

Gladden helped engineer last October’s privatization of the computer maker in a $24.9 billion leveraged buyout by CEO Michael Dell and Silver Lake Management. The deal was completed after a lengthy period of discord with Dell shareholders over the move.

CFO interviewed Gladden at length in May of 2011 on the company’s innovative educational program for its young, high-potential finance staffers. He said he was trying to instill in them the idea that they are building a 25-year career at the company, “rather than just joining to get a certain set of experiences to make you more attractive in the long term. This is about developing a culture and leadership qualities for the long term.”

Dell’s controller, Thomas Sweet, has been tapped to replace Gladden, who will stay on at the company through February.

Source: Dell CFO Gladden Resigns in Highest-Profile Exit Since LBO