Novell has announced the appointment of Dr Jeffrey Jaffe as its new chief technology officer.
Jaffe, 51, brings 25 years' experience with IBM and Lucent Technologies to the job. As well as being responsible for Novell’s technology direction, he will lead Novell’s product business units.
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Jaffe will report to new president and chief operating officer Ron Hovsepian. He replaces former CTO Alan Nugent, who left Novell this spring on the eve of the company’s annual Novell Brainshare user conference.
After receiving a PhD in computer science from MIT in 1979, Jaffe joined IBM’s Thomas J Watson Research Centre, before taking on a variety of positions at Big Blue.
In the past five years, Jaffe has been at Lucent Technologies. As president of Bell Labs Research and Advanced Technologies, he established new facilities in Ireland and India.
Jaffe has also lectured on the importance of open source solutions for the telecommunications industry at MIT and Bangalore's Indian Institute of Science.
In 1997 Jaffe was appointed by president Bill Clinton to serve on the advisory committee for the Presidential Commission for Critical Infrastructure Protection.
“Novell is well positioned to be the leader in open source and open standards-based technologies,” said Jaffe. “We will work to make the open enterprise a reality for organisations, delivering higher productivity, lower costs and a new way of serving the needs of business.”
Novell reports its annual financial results next month. The industry is bracing itself for a poor set of results if they are anything like the third quarter, when Novell reported a 91% profits slump.
Novell has struggled to win a high enough number of new Linux software customers, despite its open source strategy of replacing its ageing Netware server operating system customer base.