Novell is still without a new chief executive officer, but the company has identified a shortlist of candidates who meet the necessary criteria established by its senior management.
"We need someone who is going to make an impression, someone who is going to bring Novell instant credibility," said Joe Marengi, Novell president, last week. A shortlist of candidates has been drawn up to replace the ousted Bob Frankenberg and is being evaluated by Marengi and Novell chairman John Young.
Frankenberg was overthrown as chief executive last year, having taken the blame for the company?s unfocused product strategy. Efforts are under way to refocus on Novell?s traditional core networking competencies (see story) and the new chief executive will be expected not to rock the boat.
Marengi said the company had hired a senior technology partner from consulancy McKinsey to examine and reshape Novell?s strategic direction. "He?s the same partner who worked on Oracle four years ago," said Marengi. "I was particularly keen to have him. John Young and I are committed to the strategy and the new CEO will have to buy into it."
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