OMG Founder to join Novell senior staff

The founder of the Object Management Group Christopher Stone, is to join Novell as senior vice president of strategy and corporate development, becoming the second new senior recruitment to Novell's executive team in as many weeks. At Novell, Stone - a long-time evangelist for the CORBA object standard - will be in charge of developing the company's network services strategy and will report directly to Novell Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt.

The founder of the Object Management Group Christopher Stone, is to join Novell as senior vice president of strategy and corporate development, becoming the second new senior recruitment to Novell's executive team in as many weeks.

At Novell, Stone - a long-time evangelist for the CORBA object standard - will be in charge of developing the company's network services strategy and will report directly to Novell Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt.

Based on his experience at the OMG, Stone says he is prepared to lead Novell into the distributed-objects marketplace. Novell has "turned around tremendously since Eric [Schmidt] came on," Stone says.

Prior to founding the OMG, Stone worked for eight years at Data General, and he holds a degree in business and computer science from the University of New Hampshire.

Earlier this month, Novell appointed John Slitz as senior vice president of corporate marketing.

Slitz comes to Novell from IBM, where he was vice president of object technology and application-development marketing. He too will report directly to Schmidt.

Novell's previous CEO, Bob Frankenburg, left the company last year; its president and chief operating officer, Joe Marengi, left earlier this quarter. At that time, many industry observers became doubtful that Novell would be able to pull itself back into the game.

But with the additions of Stone and Slitz, some analysts have renewed hope. Bob Sakakeeny, an analyst with the Aberdeen Group, in Boston, pointed out that Novell's "product and engineering side is in really good shape."

However, Charles Fitzgerald, group program manager at Microsoft's Internet client and collaboration division, is surprised that Novell would attract such talent.

"We have never seen rats swimming toward a sinking ship before," Fitzgerald says.

Novell can be reached at http://www.novell.com.

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