Mircomuse Taps Juniper COO for Top Job

After a seven-month search, Micromuse , a San Francisco maker of software to monitor the performance of IT systems, has tapped Juniper’s COO to fill its top job.

Lloyd Carney, a 20-year network industry veteran who has held management and engineering posts at Bay Networks (which was bought by Nortel), Data General, Prime Computer, Proteon and RCA, takes over immediately.

Interim CEO Mike Luetkemeyer will continue as CFO and retain his board seat. He touted Carney’s experience, professional contacts and understanding of customers’ needs.

“(These) attributes will allow him to make an immediate and beneficial impact,” Luetkemeyer said.

The permanent post has been vacant since January 1, when Greg Brown took a job as executive vice president at wireless handset giant Motorola .

At Juniper , a router maker, Carney oversaw a range of business operations including the sales, marketing, engineering, manufacturing and customer service organizations.

For his part, Carney said he was attracted by Micromuse’s “executive team, solid financial performance, blue-chip customer base, and strong product brand.” He is expected to discuss his strategy for the company in more detail at a conference call with analysts later today.

Micromuse’s Netcool software helps large companies ensure that their IT systems are running efficiently. By giving IT managers a realtime view of their operations, they can troubleshoot problems before they affect their customers.

Companies that use Netcool include players in the telecom, service provider and financial service sectors, such as AT&T, BT, EarthLink and J.P. Morgan Chase.

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