Business Objects has named John Olsen to the position of president and chief operating officer. Olsen joined the company on July 9 and reports directly to CEO Bernard Liautaud. Olsen will run the company’s global operations and oversee the management team running the Americas, Europe, Japan and the International Distribution Division.

He will also be responsible for worldwide marketing, alliances, professional services (consulting, training, and customer support), and the Business Objects e-store. In addition, Olsen will continue his role on the board of directors of Business Objects, which he joined in October.

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