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Interview: Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian, The First 100 Days

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More than 100 days in office, Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian outlined Novell's challenges and opportunities with Linux and NetWare, the channel, Red Hat, Microsoft and Xen, as well as his goals for moving the company forward, in an interview with CRN Senior Writer Paula Rooney. The interview occurred a week before the death of Ray Noorda, Novell's founder and first CEO, at 82. Hovsepian, a former IBM and Internet Capital Group executive and former Novell sales chief, is the fifth CEO to lead Novell since its founding in 1983.

CRN: Tell me about your first 100 days in Office.

HOVSEPIAN: It's been very interesting. In the first 60 to 90 days, I've met with 30 customers, 15 to 18 key partners, 100 analysts and investors, and 700 employees. It was important to get a feel for what customers and people perceive us to be. We can put all of that together and lay out a good game plan for success for our customers, employees and shareholders. That's where my head has been in first 100 days. I'm excited about the progress we've made inside that first window as we get up and going much more focused on what Novell is at its core: a great software company.

CRN: What have you learned from that feedback?

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atang1 wrote:
We are stockholder of Novl. Opinions here may be biased.

Do you have a mouse in your pocket ATANG1? Or are you Royalty?

What's with this "we" crap?

It's a moot point - you don't have to disclose your stock holdings to state an opinion. Only news organizations that are OWNED by a parent company must be disclosed. Does NOVEL own you? If not, who cares what stocks you have.

The interview seemed like a

The interview seemed like a tough one for the new CEO of Novell. I can't blame him for not delivering as well as he probably planned on (that was the impression that I got). Replacing a long-time Ceo,especially during a critical time with so many changes going on in the IT industry, is not easy. He mentioned changes in the executive level ofthe company, and that puts even more strain in his position. I wish all the best for the new CEO of Novell; mostly for the best interest of their clients.

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