Compuware fires Karmanos from consultant position

calexander@newsobserver.comSeptember 30, 2013 

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Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos was voted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

CHRIS SEWARD — Chris Seward

— Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr., who recently fired his son from his position with the hockey team, has been fired as a consultant by Compuware, according to the Detroit News.

Karmanos, 70, is co-founder of Compuware, the Detroit-based software maker, and has retired as chief executive officer. According to the News, he had a six-year contract with the company to serve as a consultant that was to pay him $600,000 a year.

The News reported Karmanos was fired “for cause.” It said Karmanos made critical comments about the company’s management in a Sept.20 Goodfellows Tribute Breakfast, including saying management needed to “get their head out of their (butt).”

Jason Karmanos served as the Hurricanes’ executive vice president and assistant general manager until he was abruptly fired by his father on Sept.8. Both father and son said it was over a “family matter,” and Jason Karmanos said the dismissal had nothing to do with his job performance with the team.

In an interview Monday, Karmanos was asked about the situation involving Compuware.

“I’m finally gone,” he said, laughing. “It’s been 40 years. It’s fine. I don’t agree with everything going on there. But I don’t work there anymore.”

Karmanos said the Compuware decision would have no effect on his 75-percent ownership of the Hurricanes.

“The team is not for sale,” he said.

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