Novell COO to leave company

Novell Inc. is tweaking the management structure it put in place last year with the announcement that its chief operating officer Stewart Nelson will be leaving the company next month.

Nelson joined Novell when the company merged with WordPerfect in 1994. He was general manager of the GroupWise product line, the only remaining product from the ill-fated acquisition. Novell sold WordPerfect to Corel in 1996 for US$197 million.

Novell did not indicate where Nelson would go, nor who would replace him as COO. Nelson was not available for comment.

Other executives left Novell after the company's merger with Cambridge Technology Group last March. They were Darrin Richins, vice president of marketing, and Rich Nortz, senior vice president of operation.

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