Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Jun 2006 14:09 UTC, submitted by Flatline
Novell and Ximian Novell's board of directors on Thursday named Ron Hovsepian CEO and president to replace Jack Messman, and ousted the company's chief financial officer. In a conference call on Thursday, company executives said the changes were made to accelerate the growth at Novell, which has had disappointing financial results, particularly in its Linux business.
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RE: Not sure...
by segedunum on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 15:04 UTC in reply to "Not sure..."
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The idea that the new CEO seems to come from a backround of profit only decision making scares me a bit.

It not only scares you, but in a technical company of any description, it's a disaster. Any technical company has to have a good technical executive on the board who can give good quality advice to the chairman and CEO (many US effectively companies combine the positions of chairman and CEO, which I've never liked). The chairman and CEO must be totally open to this advice. If not, then the the board and all the key decision makers are walking blind, and are very susceptible to suggestions from the flavour of the month. Also, listening to a bunch of open source hackers with ideas that have never amounted to anything tangible is not a great idea.

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