New CEO named at open-source vendor SuSE Linux

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

In an announcement yesterday, Gerhard Burtscher, a 20-year IT executive who has worked for Texas Instruments Inc., Digital Equipment Corp. and Silicon Graphics Inc., was named to the CEO post by the Nuremberg, Germany-based company.

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

Burtscher begins his new job Saturday.

The management shuffle at SuSE also included the resignation in August of Dirk Hohndel, who was the company's president and chief technology officer. Hohndel resigned for what were called "personal reasons" just a month after CEO 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 AG back to a stable course of growth", he said.

Heinrich D. Rodewig, chairman of SuSE's supervisory board, said in a statement that Burtscher has throughout his career helped create and grow new business units and successfully reorganize businesses. "Both subjects are of utmost importance for the further development and growth of SuSE," he said.