An incredibly sad email just came across the transom: CD-adapco announces the death of one of its founders, Steve MacDonald. Mr. MacDonald was smart, funny, abrasive, did not suffer fools, could be very kind and was a great guy to sit with and just … chat. He was truly one of my favorite PLMish people, a standout in any crowd.

I think I first met Mr. MacDonald many years ago, at a Daratech event. He and I were the only ones up for a very early breakfast — he because he was still on London time in Boston, and I because I had a very long day ahead and wanted a quiet cup of coffee. We watched the sun rise together.

I last saw him at CD-adapco’s user event in San Diego earlier this year, where we celebrated CD-adapco’s 35th birthday. I love this picture of him because it was taken just before he stuck his finger into the cake’s icing — a good cake has a lot of icing, apparently:

Steve and cake

The company’s press release says that “Steve’s legacy is alive in a healthy organization of talented and motivated individuals who are carrying forward his vision and continuing his customer-first business model. Sharron L. MacDonald succeeds Steve MacDonald as the Interim President and CEO of CD-adapco worldwide.”

I’ll miss him. My condolences to the CD-adapco family.


UPDATED at 2PM ET on 9 September: CD-adapco’s Liz Arndt just emailed the following:

If you would like to make a donation to a cause that is important to Steve, please consider one of the following charities:

American Diabetes Association

Mission: To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Donations can me made directly:

The Lustgarten Foundation

Mission: To advance the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer. Donations can be made at: