"Today, SuSE Linux AG announced the appointment of three new
members to the Supervisory Board. The three appointees are experts
in the industry and are recognized for their unique know-how:
Heinrich Rodewig, JD, partner of the internationally renowned law
firm Haarmann, Hemmelrath & Partner, as new Chairman of the
Supervisory Board; Michael Laurim, Managing Director of Silicon
Graphics GmbH (SGI) in Grasbrunn/Munich, Germany; and Peter Mark
Droste, Managing Director of Compaq Computer GmbH in Dornach,
Germany. These appointments are subject to final approval by the
annual shareholders' meeting of SuSE Linux AG."
"Heinrich Rodewig, JD, is an experienced international legal
expert and the perfect fit as Chairman of the Supervisory Board,"
said Roland Dyroff, Chief Executive Officer of SuSE Linux AG. "With
company executives Michael Laurim and Peter Mark Droste, we
succeeded in gaining two leaders of the German IT sector, further
emphasizing the growing importance of Linux and our business model
based on the Open Source philosophy. The appointment of Laurim and
Droste is the result of our mutually beneficial partnerships with
SGI and Compaq."
"Silicon Graphics Inc., the world's leading supplier for
technical and visual computing, and Compaq, one of the world's
largest IT companies, recently joined the ranks of SuSE's strategic
investors. "The clear commitment of Compaq and SGI in Linux has
lead to a know-how transfer from which all involved parties
benefited," continued Roland Dyroff."