After a bit of chivying by the Orange Rag, Thomson Elite have announced the following statement…

“After five successful years with Thomson Elite, Kaye Sycamore has announced that she has decided to move on to new pastures.  For family reasons, Kaye is moving to a position that will allow her to spend more time travelling between the UK and New Zealand.  Kaye will remain in her current role as Vice President International for Elite until the end of October, and the six months until her departure will ensure a smooth handover of responsibilities with Kim Massana, Elite's Senior Vice President for their International region.  Kaye will be joining Chrome River after her departure, where she will be leading their market development activity in the UK and Asia Pacific regions.”

This sounds like 6 months gardening leave tho this is the first time we've ever seen the explanation that someone is moving to a position that will allow them “to spend more time travelling between the UK and New Zealand.”

Kaye Sycamore was of course one of the founders of the old Keystone PMS business, now part of Aderant. As for Chrome River Technologies, this is an online expense reporting and management system that was founded about 18 months ago by Alan Rich, one of the co-founders of Elite (now Thomson Elite). Other directors of Chrome River, which is based in Los Angeles, include former Elite vice presidents Dave Terry and Anne Becknell.

Three US top 25 law firms (Jones Day, Paul Hastings and Weil Gotshal) are already running the system – which is supplied on an SaaS model (software as a service) – under the slogan of 'It Fits, It Saves, It Protects, It Rocks'.