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Novell names new leadership group, structure

Moves to align products with tech services

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PROVO — Novell Inc., in the wake of its acquisition of Cambridge Technology Partners, announced Wednesday that it will have a new leadership group and organization structure.

The company said the moves are designed to align Novell's Internet services software products with the information technology services required to deploy e-business products. The company said it also is increasing the authority and responsibility of executives within geographic regions.

Novell has appointed four regional presidents, all from Cambridge, to manage both Novell Net services software and Cambridge e-business services in their respective geographies: H. Carv Moore of Novell Americas; Rhonda O'Donnell, Novell Asia Pacific; Gerard Van Kemmel, Novell EMEA; and Hitoshi Yoshida, Novell Japan.

The regional presidents report to Stewart Nelson, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Novell, who reports to new Novell president and chief executive officer Jack Messman. Nelson will continue managing Novell's product development organization, with its accompanying services and solutions groups.

Within that part of the organization is Rich Nortz, now senior vice president of operations, sales and services; Marty Deise, a Cambridge executive now senior vice president of solutions; Craig Miller, vice president and general manager of Net Management Services; and Paul Smart, vice president and general manager of Net Directory Services.

In addition to Nelson, reporting directly to Messman are the following: Ron Foster, now senior vice president and chief financial officer; Alan Friedman of Cambridge, senior vice president of people; Joe LaSala of Cambridge, senior vice president and general counsel; Carl Ledbetter, senior vice president and chief technology officer; Ralph Linsalata of Cambridge, senior vice president of venture investments; Darin Richins, vice president of corporate marketing; and Gary Schuster of Cambridge, senior vice president of communications.

Also reporting to directly to Messman are two subsidiary companies: Volera Inc., a maker of content networking products, and Celerant Consulting, an operational strategy and implementation product provider based in London.