At the end of last week it was announced that Thomson Elite’s long-time president & CEO Chris Poole had made the decision to step away from day-to-day operations responsibility. Poole now becomes chairman and has been replaced at president & CEO by Steve Buege, as senior executive within the parent Thomson Legal & Regulatory group who has served in a broad range of executive-level technology, strategy and operational roles. He is described as having a “strong customer focus and knowledge of the legal marketplace, and has a demonstrated successful track record in managing technology-driven businesses”. Other senior management changes include the appointment of Peter Ozolin as vice president with responsibility for the practice management systems group and the recruitment of Salim Sunderji from IBM as vice president with responsibility for finance. Elite say the changes as lay the foundations for a new phase of growth. Meanwhile here in the UK, Kevin Smith, Thomson Elite UK’s longtime operations director has left the company. Smith, who had been with Elite for nearly 10 years, is planning to set up as an independent consultant. He can currently be reached on 07876 568034. The UK office has also seen the departures of Bridget Hardiman and senior consultant Sue Emirali. Hardiman has joined David Thorpe’s team at Pilgrim Systems (Thorpe himself was at one time the head of Elite’s operations in the UK and Europe) with responsibility for new business sales in Scotland and the North of England.