Novell Appoints Dr. Jeffrey Jaffe as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Leading technologist to be responsible for technology vision and product development

22 November 2005

Novell, Inc. today announced that Dr. Jeffrey Jaffe has been appointed executive vice president and chief technology officer for Novell. Dr. Jaffe, 51, brings unparalleled technology and business experience from over 25 years at IBM and Lucent Technologies. He will be responsible for Novell's technology direction, as well as leading Novell's product business units. He will report to Ron Hovsepian, president and chief operating officer, Novell.


After receiving a Ph.D. in computer science from MIT in 1979, Dr. Jaffe joined IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center. During his tenure at IBM, he held a wide variety of technical and management positions, including vice president, Systems and Software Research, corporate vice president of technology, and general manager of IBM's SecureWay business unit, where he was responsible for IBM's security, directory, and networking software business.


In the past five years, Dr. Jaffe broadened his technology leadership at Lucent Technologies. As president of Bell Labs Research and Advanced Technologies, he established new facilities in Ireland and India, and served as chairman of the board of the New Jersey Nanotechnology Consortium. Dr. Jaffe has lectured on the importance of open source for the telecommunications industry at the MIT LIDS Symposium, the Rutgers CAIP conference, and Bangalore's Indian Institute of Science.


Dr. Jaffe has advised the United States government on multiple policy imperatives related to technology. In 1997 he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Presidential Commission for Critical Infrastructure Protection. He has also chaired the Chief Technology Officer group of the Computer Systems Policy Project, and has served on the National Research Council's Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. He is a fellow of ACM and the IEEE.


"Novell is well positioned to be the leader in open source and open standards-based technologies," said Jaffe. "With Novell's considerable technical assets, people, and relationships in the industry, we will work to make the Open Enterprise a reality for organizations around the globe, delivering higher productivity, lower costs and a new way of serving the needs of business."


“Dr. Jaffe is an accomplished technologist, business leader, and a strong voice for the value of open source,” said Ron Hovsepian, president and chief operating officer for Novell. “His superior intellect and business acumen will increase the strength of our management team and serve our customers and shareholders well. I am very pleased to welcome him to Novell.”

About Novell

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