Red Hat and Novell Hire New Executives
Published: October 30, 2007
by Timothy Prickett Morgan
Commercial Linux distributors Red Hat and Novell continue to build up their executive ranks as they battle against each other and Unix and Windows alternatives in the data center and on the desktop.
Red Hat announced last week that it has tapped Nick Van Wyk, who is vice president of global operations, to be its senior transformation executive. In his current post, Van Wyk is already responsible for subscription management, sales, and channel operations for Red Hat's Linux and JBoss product lines, and in addition, he will be heading up a newly constituted transformation team that is looking at all of the processes and systems that comprise Red Hat's business in an effort to wring costs out, boost efficiencies, and position the company for more growth on a global scale. Van Wyk was hired away from disk array maker EMC a year ago; he was vice president of sales and channel operations of EMC's Software Group and came to that company through its acquisition of tape archiving software maker Legato Systems. Van Wyk currently reports to Charlie Peters, Red Hat's chief financial officer.
Over at Novell, Tim Wolfe was last week appointed to the position of president of Novell's Americas geographical region. Wolfe spent two decades working at various sales and management roles at IBM and worked at IT consulting and services company called Covansys, which was just acquired by Computer Science Corporation, just before joining Novell in 2003 as vice president and general manager of Novell's Southeast region in 2003. Wolfe was promoted to take over sales in the entire Eastern region last year, and now has responsibility for all of the Americas. Wolfe will report to Tom Francese, Novell's executive vice president of worldwide sales.
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