Novell's Schmidt named chairman of Google

Novell . Chairman Eric Schmidt will assume the position of chairman of the board for online search-engine company Google, Schmidt confirmed Monday, the week after Novell's annual BrainShare user conference.

Schmidt will remain chairman of Novell and spinoff Volera. Details of the Google deal have not been disclosed, although a spokesperson for Google says that Schmidt will "be spending a great deal of time at Google."

"There is no change in my plans for Novell: I'm planning to remain as chairman of Novell and chief strategist, and also remain Chairman of Volera. Each does very interesting and very different things," wrote Schmidt in correspondence with Network World. "All of this should be lots of fun."

Last week in interviews with Network World, Schmidt appeared to be relaxed and relieved discussing his future at Novell, where he is stepping aside as CEO. Novell is acquiring Cambridge Technology Partners and tapping its top executive, Jack Messman, to succeed Schmidt as CEO. Schmidt last week said that Messman was appointed CEO and president of Novell at his request, an action that would allow him to spend more time defining corporate strategy for the troubled software maker.

Schmidt also serves on the boards of Siebel Systems , Integrated Archive Systems and Tilion. He has made a major investment in Google.

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