"Novell was on its way. At the company's Brainshare event two
years ago, then CEO Jack Messman took the stage and triumphantly
declared that 'Novell is back.' Turns out Messman was wrong.
"Messman and his CFO Joseph S. Tibbetts Jr. were ousted this
morning from their positions at Novell. President Ronald W.
Hovsepian is the new CEO and board member effective immediately.
Dana C. Russell, vice president of finance and corporate controller
at Novell, will serve as interim CFO.
"The move did not surprise analysts contacted by
internetnews.com and may well serve as a new beginning for
a company that has been striving to re-invent itself in the Linux
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