Novell Announces New Executive Leadership Team and Return to Utah Headquarters

Software Company Renews Commitment to Existing Portfolio of Solutions While Continuing Innovation in Collaboration, Data Management and Endpoint Management Markets

18 May 2011

Novell Inc., a business unit of The Attachmate Group, today announced a new executive leadership team with a mission to rededicate and refocus on the end-user computing solutions used by many of Novell's long-standing and loyal customers and partners.

Under the leadership of Bob Flynn, president and general manager of Novell, the Novell management team will continue innovating next-generation products while also nurturing the mature and widely adopted Novell solutions. Central to the unit's go-forward strategy to help customers maximize their investments is extending support for the NetWare product as customers upgrade to Open Enterprise Server® and continuing investments in Novell GroupWise® and Novell ZENworks® endpoint management solutions.

The new Novell business unit will have a clear focus on the widely adopted core Novell solutions in the collaboration and endpoint management markets. This renewed focus will allow Novell to dedicate resources to meet existing and new customer requirements, where the company's heritage and expertise is strongest.

"Our customers' success depends on having the flexibility they need to maintain existing technology investments while adopting new technologies to meet their evolving business needs and requirements," said Bob Flynn, president and general manager at Novell. "By further developing and supporting the Novell collaboration and endpoint management solutions, Novell will better enable customers to provision, manage and secure the devices, applications and files used to improve workforce productivity."

"Business and technology landscapes are in a state of constant flux; growth of social networking, mobile computing, desktop virtualization and the ongoing migrations to Windows 7 are all examples of trends that are impacting our customers," Flynn noted. "Novell's portfolio strategy and development plans remain intact and I am excited to help our customers successfully manage these new technologies. Together with my team of skilled managers, we are embarking on a journey to continue to build on the strengths of the Novell brand."

Headquartered in Provo, Utah, the Novell leadership team comprises:

  • Bob Flynn - President and General Manager
  • Dave Wilkes - Vice President, Engineering
  • Eric Varness - Vice President, Product Management and Marketing
  • Juan Carlos Cerrutti - Vice President, North America Sales
  • Dirk W. Schmidt - Vice President, EMEA Sales
  • John Delk - Vice President, Strategic Accounts, Partners & Alliances - North America


"Our ongoing philosophy is to help our customers move forward and adapt to changing business and technology needs at their own pace," said Jeff Hawn, chairman and CEO at The Attachmate Group. "Bob Flynn has considerable talent and expertise in helping customers take this approach, as does his team of proven managers. Customers will see the development of exceptional products and receive unmatched service and support, which we expect to reinvigorate the Novell brand and further encourage loyalty within our long-term customer base."

Key products operated by the Novell business unit now include:

  • Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES)/NetWare
  • Novell GroupWise
  • Novell ZENworks
  • Novell File Management Suite
  • Novell Vibe®



About Novell
Novell, Inc., a global software leader to enterprises worldwide, helps businesses work more efficiently and collaborate more effectively. Novell's portfolio includes collaboration and data management solutions for e-mail and calendaring, team collaboration, and file and print management. Novell also offers endpoint management solutions for desktop lifecycle management and endpoint security. With Novell's solutions, businesses can reach new levels of productivity while minimizing cost, complexity and risk. For more information, visit

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