New man: Infor CEO Charles Phillips, at his New York City headquarters, is ready for the spotlight.
A lot has changed since Phillips's wheeling and dealing days. After a series of embarrassing missteps -- both personal and professional -- Phillips has spent the past few years keeping an uncharacteristically low profile. He now runs Infor, a business-software provider. He left the Bay Area and resettled in New York City, and he says the turbulence of being tabloid fodder has died down. (More on that later.) Along the way, Chuck became Charles. And the 1-800 number? It stopped being passed around.
Not that Phillips was on sabbatical. Though Infor is a distant No. 3 enterprise-software supplier, behind Oracle and SAP, Phillips, 54, has quietly retooled the company's software, brought in new management, and, not surprisingly, done some big deals. Now he's ready to push Infor -- and himself -- back into the spotlight. Building on his previous incarnations as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and a mover and shaker on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, Phillips says he's finally molded himself into the kind of leader he always wanted to be.
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