Novell Names Ron Hovsepian to Succeed Jack Messman as CEO

Thomas G. Plaskett Elected Chairman of the Board Joseph Tibbetts to Leave

Company; Dana Russell Named Interim CFO

Jun 22, 2006, 01:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    WALTHAM, Mass., June 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq:  
 NOVL) today announced that its Board of Directors has elected President
 Ronald W. Hovsepian, 45, to the additional position of chief executive
 officer, effective immediately. Hovsepian, who also has been elected to the
 Board of Directors, has been president and chief operating officer since
 October 2005. The Company also announced that Thomas G. Plaskett, a
 director of Novell since November 2002, has been elected non-executive
 Chairman of the Novell Board.
     Novell's Board of Directors has determined that former CEO Jack L.
 Messman, 66, and former CFO Joseph S. Tibbetts, Jr., 53, will leave
 Novell's employment, effective June 21. Mr. Messman will remain on Novell's
 Board of Directors until Oct. 31, 2006. Dana C. Russell, 44, Novell's
 current vice president of finance and corporate controller, has been
 appointed interim CFO while the company conducts a search for a permanent
     Mr. Plaskett stated: "The Board concluded that a management change
 would be the best way to accelerate the execution of our growth strategy
 and build value for shareholders. Ron is the ideal choice to lead the
 company as we continue with our transition to Linux-based products and
 identity and resource management and leverage our unique support of mixed
 source environments. He is a talented and proven executive with deep
 knowledge and expertise in the infrastructure software business and the
 enterprise market. Following his 17 year career at IBM and other industry
 experiences, Ron has rapidly progressed through top positions at Novell
 over the past three years. He has played an integral role in developing the
 company's operating strategy and fully understands Novell's compelling
 growth opportunities. He has forged close relationships with key customers
 and is highly regarded by the Board and employees throughout our
     Hovsepian said: "I am very enthusiastic about the opportunity to lead
 Novell and to aggressively execute our strategic plan. In recent months, we
 have adopted a comprehensive strategy, strengthened our portfolio through
 both acquisitions and organic growth, and divested the non-core Celerant
 business. Although we still have much to do, these steps have positioned us
 to take full advantage of recent trends towards a mixed source computing
 environment based on open source and open standards."
     Hovsepian continued: "Going forward, we will maintain a sharp focus on
 meeting customer demand and delivering value through Linux-based,
 enterprise-wide solutions and identity and resource management products. We
 have innovative technology, a strong roster of customers and business
 partners and an extremely talented group of employees. I look forward to
 continuing to work closely with our business partners and customers."
     Hovsepian concluded: "I am pleased that Dana Russell has agreed to
 assume the responsibilities of interim CFO. Over the past 12 years, Dana
 has gained experience in numerous parts of the business, including finance
 and tax, and he is an expert in our financial operations and controls."
     Commenting on these changes, Plaskett stated: "The Board is grateful
 for Jack's and Joe's service to the company. Jack has been a director since
 the company's founding, and he and Joe helped lead Novell through a period
 of dramatic change in the software and information technology sectors. In
 particular, the company's decision under Jack's leadership to adopt an open
 source-based strategy put Novell at the center of one of the most
 significant computing developments in the last decade. We wish them further
 success in their future endeavors."
     Biographical Information
     Ron Hovsepian is president, chief executive officer and a member of the
 Board of Directors. He previously served as president and chief operating
 officer. In that role, he had direct worldwide responsibility for product
 development, marketing, and field operations, which includes sales,
 consulting and technical services. He joined Novell in June 2003 as
 president of North America, and has led the transformation of global field
 operations since May 2005. Previously, Hovsepian held management and
 executive positions at IBM Corporation over a 17 year period, including
 serving as worldwide general manager of IBM's distribution industries,
 where he managed global hardware and software development, sales, marketing
 and services. With stints in various sales and marketing positions prior to
 taking profit and loss responsibility at several IBM units, he has a proven
 track record of achieving revenue goals and profit growth in the IT
 solutions business. He also served as a managing director of Internet
 Capital Group, a venture capital firm. Hovsepian is currently non-executive
 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ann Taylor Corporation. He
 received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College.
     Conference Call and Webcast Information
     Novell, Inc. will conduct a one-hour conference call with management on
 Thursday, June 22, 2006 at 8:30 a.m. ET. The conference call will be
 available live as a listen-only webcast at: The
 domestic toll-free dial in number is 866-335-5255, password "Novell". The
 international dial-in number is +1-706-679-2263, password "Novell". The
 call will be archived on the web site approximately 15 minutes after its
 conclusion, and will be available for telephone playback through midnight
 ET, June 30. The domestic toll-free replay number is 800-642-1687, and the
 international replay number is +1-706-645-9291. Replay listeners must enter
 conference ID number 2096270.
     Legal notice regarding forward-looking statements
     This press release includes statements that are not historical in
 nature and that may be characterized as "forward-looking statements,"
 including those related to future financial and operating results, benefits
 and synergies of the company's brands and strategies, future opportunities
 and the growth of the market for Identity and Resource Management and Open
 Platform Solutions. You should be aware that Novell's actual results could
 differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements,
 which are based on current expectations of Novell management and are
 subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited
 to, Novell's ability to integrate acquired operations and employees,
 Novell's success in executing its Linux and identity and resource
 management strategies, Novell's ability to take a competitive position in
 the Linux and identity and resource management industries, business
 conditions and the general economy, market opportunities, potential new
 business strategies, competitive factors, sales and marketing execution,
 shifts in technologies or market demand and the other factors described in
 Novell's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission on Jan. 10, 2006. Novell disclaims any intention or obligation
 to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments
 occurring after the date of this press release.
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. delivers Software for the Open Enterprise(TM). With more
 than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage,
 simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging
 best-of-breed, open standards-based software. With over 20 years of
 experience, 5,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the
 world, Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating
 environment while reducing cost. More information about Novell can be found
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