Novell has appointed the chief executive of a little known wireless broadband firm as its senior strategist, replacing the high profile Chris Stone, who resigned last month.
Carl Ledbetter, the new senior vice president of business and corporate development, will be responsible for securing strategic relationships with key industry players for Novell's flagship Novell Directory Services (NDS) at a time when the company faces extreme competition from Microsoft's forthcoming Active Directory. This will appear as part of Windows 2000, which is due to ship early next year.
A 20 year veteran of the IT industry, Ledbetter most recently headed up Hybrid Networks and has held senior roles at Sun Microsystems, IBM, Prime Computer and Control Data. He will report to Eric Schmidt, Novell's chairman and chief executive.
Schmidt said: "Carl brings to the Novell team the right vision and business acumen to accelerate Novell's momentum as a growth company. I have worked with Carl for eight years, beginning at Sun, and I know he will be a great asset for Novell."
Last month, Stone shocked the industry when he resigned from Novell after only two years to establish Network Decisions, an ecommerce start-up. Analysts said Stone's time at Novell had been partially successful, but he failed to get senior approval to give NDS away for free - a move that would have made it more difficult for Microsoft's Active Directory to make significant inroads into the market.
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