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Compuware Women "Set the Record Straight"
As women in senior management at Compuware Corp., we were distressed and disturbed by your recent articles on Compuware and Pete Karmanos ("No way to treat a crisis" and "Keeping an investigation on the right track," People, July 5). While it would be inappropriate for us to address the specifics you cited, suffice it to say that your description of the situation was incomplete, at best.
What is most important to us, however, is to set the record straight as to the reality of being female at Compuware Corp. As one example, there are currently four women on Compuware's executive committee, and two on the board of directors. We challenge you to find another top software company that can match these percentages in top management. Of those four women on the executive committee, all were promoted from within the company. If there's a glass ceiling at Compuware, we've yet to encounter it.
We have all worked with Pete Karmanos on a near daily basis. Can he be demanding at times? Certainly. There isn't a successful business leader alive who isn't. But we can say two things with absolute certainty: First, we have not witnessed or personally experienced anything that could be viewed as sexist behavior, let alone sexual harassment, in our dealings with Pete. And second, all of us are smarter, better businesspeople because of the experience of working with him.
Compuware is an outstanding company, in large part because of Pete and the people he has hired, encouraged, and promoted. Both the company and Pete deserve more balanced, informed treatment than what your publication has portrayed.
Patricia Bennett, Sales Director
Donna Debrodt, Vice-President, Corporate Marketing
Laura Fournier, Chief Financial
Chris Galloway, Vice-President, Testing and Implementation
Mary Hepler, Vice-President,
Human Resources and
Deputy General Counsel
Karen Sosnick, General Manager, Fault Management Products
Jennie Zamberlan, Vice-President, Compuware Solutions
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Ban All Guns for All Kids
Thank you for your article describing the gun industry's disturbing practice of marketing guns to young people ("Sonny get your gun," Up Front, July 5). If we are serious about keeping guns out of the hands of children, we must find out how gunmakers are marketing to kids and eventually put a stop to it. That is why I authored legislation to require such a study.
The article contained one inaccuracy, which I must correct. Although federal law does prohibit individuals under 18 from buying guns and those under 21 from buying handguns, this law applies only to purchases from gun dealers, which primarily occur in gun stores. For all other purchases--from unlicensed vendors in gun shows, at flea markets, and in private sales--individuals under 18 can buy anything except handguns.
This means that someone under 18 can walk into a gun show or a flea market and buy a semi-automatic assault weapon, a shotgun, or a rifle. That is why I am also sponsoring legislation that would prohibit anyone under age 18 from buying any gun.
Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
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They Should Bottle This Stuff
"The Warren Buffett you don't know" (Cover Story, July 5) was able to pinpoint the man--his down-to-earth humility combined with his basic business sense. An executive can learn more about business from Buffett than from attending any business school.
The biggest contribution Buffett can make is to ensure that his knowledge is there for all to benefit from. This demands a book from Warren, which should be made compulsory reading for any business executive, student, or investor. My salute to Warren for showing the world that values-based business can be financially rewarding as well.
It was interesting to see that Warren Buffett, a "genius" value investor, now wishes to leave a legacy as a captain of industry. I am in awe of his skill with stocks, but if I were running his show, I wouldn't change horses in mid-stream. It's like watching Mozart change his style to emulate his contemporary Salieri. Sad.
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