BMC Software

(BMCS)

named Robert E. Beauchamp president and chief executive and a member of the company's board.

Beauchamp will succeed Max Watson, who will remain chairman and a member of the board until April 30. Watson will remain an employee of the company in an advisory capacity until April 2002.

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Beauchamp, age 41, has been with BMC Software, a Houston-based software vendor, since 1988. He most recently held the position of senior vice president, product management and development.