SuSE Linux appoints new chief

Open-source software vendor SuSE Linux has named a new chief executive officer for the second time since July in the final step...

Open-source software vendor SuSE Linux has named a new chief executive officer for the second time since July in the final step of its recent restructuring.

Gerhard Burtscher has been named as the company's new chief executive officer and takes up his new role on 1 December. He has previously worked for Texas Instruments, Digital Equipment and Silicon Graphics.

Burtscher replaces Johannes Nussbickel, who was promoted from chief financial officer in July. Nussbickel will now return to the chief financial officer post, four months after replacing former chief executive officer Roland Dyroff, who had led the company for eight years.

The management reshuffle at SuSE also included the resignation in August of Dirk Hohndel, who had been the company's president and chief technology officer. Hohndel resigned for "personal reasons" a month after chief executive officer Dyroff was replaced.

In a statement, Nussbickel called Burtscher's appointment the "the ideal reinforcement" for the company's executive board. "Following the successful completion of our refocusing process, we are now going to quickly guide SuSE Linux back to a stable course of growth," he said.

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