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IBM Sues Ex-Sales Head (Cloud), Seeks $500K

Global sales head Louis Attanasio accused of taking secrets.

IBM filed a lawsuit on Monday accusing a long-time senior executive of stealing corporate secrets related to its cloud computing business and of joining a competitor in violation of a non-competition agreement.

In a complaint filed in Manhattan, IBM IBM -0.66% says Louis Attanasio, who held the title of General Manager for Global Sales of Hybrid Cloud, sent confidential documents to his personal email address before leaving the company on April 6.

Attanasio, who started at IBM in 1989, is now employed as Chief Revenue Officer at Informatica, a company that competes with IBM in data analytics and cloud computing services.

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IBM’s lawsuit seeks an in--nction ordering Attanasio to honor a 12-month global non-compete agreement and to return a $250,000 payment he accepted to stay on in 2015, plus an additional $251,357 of equity compensation he recently received.

The complaint also portrays an elaborate game of corporate skullduggery in which Informatica repeatedly tried to lure Attanasio, who allegedly shared not only secret IBM documents, but confidential settlement agreements of others who left the company.

IBM says Attanasio also forwarded sensitive information about the company’s sales pipeline and business strategy.

“In March 2016, Attanasio misappropriated (by again sending to his personal email account) a series of confidential messages with his manager—then unaware of Attanasio’s plans to compete against IBM—discussing extremely sensitive details about IBM’s revenue targets, its performance relative to those targets, and resource allocation,” states the complaint.

The lawsuit claims these and other actions by Attanasio amounted to a breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of confidential information, unfair competition, and a violation of various agreements he had signed.

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In a statement, an Informatica spokesperson confirmed that Attanasio has joined the company on May 5 and denied he did anything unlawful.

“It is unfortunate that IBM has chosen to resort to litigation to try to prevent Lou from joining Informatica. Despite IBM’s accusatory legal rhetoric in its court filings, Informatica does not need and never sought any IBM confidential information by hiring Lou,” the statement said in part.

Attanasio could not be reached directly.

The lawsuit comes at a time when IBM is counting on the cloud computing business to turn around its fortunes and help offset a rough patch in which it has posted 16 straight quarters of declining revenues.

Correction (May 11, 2016 12:07 p.m.): This article previously stated IBM posted 16 straight quarters of losses. It has been corrected to reflect declining revenues, not losses.

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That's what they do they accuse the honest and hardworking and won't let him go away even after he or she decides to leave after RA, they want to ruin the career of resources.

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They can sue me, it'd be fun as I have nothing to lose

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Post ID: @1ker+HlBo5dP

He was a great guy and a big cheerleader at IBM, one of the few positive people left in the organization. It was sad to see him go, now even sadder to see this. What else can IBM do to decrease employee morale? He was very, very well liked by his peers and subordinates, which is quite rare for a man of this stature. Maybe he saw the light and got while the going was good. For example, Barron's, a well respected company, is calling complete bullshit on IBM's whole cloud initiative. I'm glad someone is reading past the BS and press releases coming from Ginni's minions. http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2016/05/11/ibm-will-never-catch-amazon-microsoft-in-cloud-says-deutsche/

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Post ID: @mua+HlBo5dP

Sorry, here is the soruce: http://fortune.com/2016/05/11/ibm-attanasio/

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