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01.09.09

Novell’s EMEA President Quits

Posted in HP, Microsoft, Novell at 9:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Not to worry, Softies already fill up the gap

LAST NIGHT we wrote about a Microsoft employee taking one chief position at Novell. What we didn’t know at the time was that Volker Smid had left Novell.

Here are some new details about the Microsoft veteran who will help run Novell, right from the inside:

Chief Marketing Officer John Dragoon (pictured) clarified the status of Novell’s channel organization this morning, and disclosed former F5 Networks Channel Chief and Microsoft veteran Steve Hale has joined the company.

As the single comment states, “[it's] nice to see that Novell is swapping staff with their biggest Linux reseller; Micro-Soft.” Some Novell employees are joining Microsoft as well, so it’s reciprocal. As for Miguel de Icaza, he sometimes physically works at Microsoft, too. He last did this a month ago.

Smid recently spoke to the press about Novell's staff reductions and we also mentioned him in [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7].

Anyway, he’s out.

Former president of Novell’s EMEA operations Volker Smid has taken over as head of operations at HP in Germany.

What did Smid see which had him decide to leave?

Assorted 2008 departures:

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  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    January 9, 2009 at 11:21 am

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    So HP has invited him in to mess up their shop. too?

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