Network Computing is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Novell: Messman Out As CEO, Hovsepian In

Following continued pressure from stockholders, Novell's board of directors abruptly ousted CEO Jack L. Messman and CFO Joseph S. Tibetts Jr. and promoted Ronald W. Hovsepian to CEO's post. The announcement was made late Wednesday.

The management change had been in the works since Hovsepian elevated to the dual posts of president and chief operating officer was last November.

The Novell board said Messman and Tibbetts would leave Novell's employment "effective immediately" although Messman will remain on Novell's board through October.

"We will maintain a sharp focus on meeting customer demand and delivering value through Linux-based, enterprise-wide solutions and identity and resource management products," said Hovsepian in a statement.

Hovsepian joined Novell in June 2003 after working at various venture capital and investment banking firms. Before that, he held a number of executive positions at IBM over a 17-year period.

  • 1