As I mentioned in a recent
post, I was excited when I saw that Novell had finally turned a profit for
the previous quarter. Sadly it looks like not everyone was happy about it.
Novells board of directors recently
decided to replace
both the CEO, Jack Messman, and the CFO of the company. Jack Messman took over
from Dr. Eric Schmidt, who took over the reigns at Google a few years ago.
Messman had his work cut out for him.
While trying to milk the last dime out of the NetWare cash cow, he had to
quickly get the SuSe Chameleon producing money by attempting to build a
services company out of a free operating system. Clearly, it was a huge
challenge. Now, Novells new CEO Ron Hovsepian has those duties.
Of course, Novells not alone in the
C-level Shuffle. Microsoft has gone through the
same thing, and has the 2-year Long Goodbye from Bill Gates to contend
When a company changes a CEO,
major changes occur shortly thereafter. Maybe Novell will place added emphasis
on Linux. Maybe it will put itself up for sale. I guess well just have to wait