The new management team at Novell is expected to fire two or three of the company?s old guard who are not prepared to follow the company?s new direction, according to senior VP Denice Gibson.
President and COO Joe Marengi has changed the company?s direction and structure in the last 6 months and has clashed with some veteran Novell executives, who are expected to be forced out after incoming CEO Eric Schmidt is appointed on April 7. Gibson, one of the new guard, spoke exclusively to VNU Newswire about the future of Novell.
She said: ?There are a few of the executive team who are not up to scratch but I?m not saying who. There was in-fighting in product groups but now I?m in charge of all product groups.? Treated as Marengi?s second-in-command at Novell, Gibson is known as a turnaround specialist and has been promoted in her nine months at Novell to be responsible for all its product groups.
She is brutally frank about Novell?s past. ?When I came to Novell it was slow, sluggish and it was hard to make decisions. When you add new people at the top they bring their vision, and a few people get put in their place or kicked out.?
A Novell insider said Gibson is typical of the new regime at Novell. ?I must agree that [former CEO Bob] Frankenberg?s cronies are on the way out. Gibson and Marengi won?t put up with the disbelievers for long.?
Gibson also expects Novell will appoint a marketing executive when it has finished using consultancy firm McKinsey. ?Joe and I have been trying to get one marketing message across. At an emergency meeting two months ago we discussed ideas but for now product groups handle their own marketing. It?s a huge issue,? she admitted. ?In two months we?ll clarify where we are.going.?
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