O.C. Leadership: The newly elected leadership of the Software Council of Southern California, a trade group formed last year to foster growth in the regional software industry, includes a number of Orange County software executives.
Steven E. Kruse, an executive at Irvine-based Pick Systems Inc., will serve as the first chairman of the nonprofit group.
Stowe Boyd, president of Meridian Software Systems, which also is in Irvine, is the council's president. David Samuels, chief executive of State of the Art Inc. in Irvine, is the council's vice president and chief financial officer.
Another Orange County member on the nine-person board of directors is Melanie McCaffery, a software industry consultant with the Coopers & Lybrand office in Irvine.
The council says there are more than 1,100 software companies in the region, including more than 300 in Orange County. The council's office is in Torrance.