Novell Announces Departure of Chris Stone, Vice Chairman, Office of the CEO

4 November 2004

Novell today announced that Chris Stone, Vice Chairman, Office of the CEO, has left the Company to pursue other opportunities. Stone had responsibility for engineering, product management, and alliances. No successor has been named. On an interim basis, Stone's responsibilities will be overseen by Jack Messman, Chairman and CEO of Novell.

Stone has been with Novell since March 2002 and has been instrumental in leading Novell's strategic direction, particularly the Company's open source and identity management initiatives. “We thank Chris for his service to Novell over the past two and one half years,” said Messman. “He made significant contributions to changes in our strategic direction, and his vision and energy will be missed. We wish him well.”

“It is with some regret that I have decided to leave Novell and pursue other professional opportunities,” said Stone. “I am proud of my work and accomplishments at Novell, but now is the time in my career to do something else and I look forward to new challenges. Novell is strategically well-positioned to remain a viable and significant vendor in the enterprise software space. I wish the Company and all of its outstanding employees nothing but success,” he concluded.

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