Novell CEO, chairman and president Robert Frankenberg has resigned, company officials have announced, as the company remains mired in its financial slump.
Frankenberg had been in the job roughly two-and-a half years ago, taking over from Ray Noorda at a time when Novell was saddled with acquisitions, such as the 1994 takeover of WordPerfect.
"There's no question Frankenberg walked into a very difficult situation," says Tom Kucharvy, president of Summit Strategies in Boston, Massachusetts. "I don't think he improved it dramatically."
Novell's problem, Kucharvy says, has been "a lack of understanding of the dynamics that were going to govern the server software market, and what Novell had to do to accommodate, if not get ahead of, the shift from file server operating systems to application server operating systems."
Frankenberg's future plans aren't known at this stage. (See Novell aims to shake.)