Former PeopleSoft executive to lead Novell's marketing and communications functions
Novell today announced the appointment of William M. Hewitt as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Hewitt will oversee all of Novell's marketing and communications functions. He is charged with focusing Novell's go-to-market strategy, leading its worldwide marketing teams and generating demand for Novell® products and solutions. Hewitt will report to Jack Messman, chairman and CEO of Novell, and be based at corporate headquarters in Waltham, Mass.
Hewitt was most recently group vice president, global theater marketing at PeopleSoft, where he was responsible for worldwide development and execution of demand generation and field marketing activities. He also held the position of group vice president, global industry solutions, and was the first to hold the position of vice president, global product marketing. Before PeopleSoft, Hewitt held senior marketing roles at various technology companies, including vice president, marketing, at Hyperion Software. He also held sales, marketing and management positions at IBM Corporation over a ten year period. Hewitt holds a BS in Business Administration from the Boston University School of Management.
"We're very excited to have someone the caliber of Bill Hewitt join Novell," said Messman. "For Novell to capitalize on our strength in Linux and identity management solutions, we must sharpen our go-to-market efforts and put a new charge into our demand generation and awareness activities. Bill's leadership and experience at companies like PeopleSoft, Hyperion and IBM are just right for helping Novell's marketing teams drive revenue growth."
"I'm thrilled to be joining Novell at this exciting time in their history," commented Hewitt. "Novell's innovative products and solutions are redefining computing for the IT industry and lowering the total cost of ownership for businesses worldwide."
Debra Bergevine, who has led Novell's corporate marketing efforts for the past three years, will remain with the company and assume a new role to be announced in the near future.
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