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Stewart Nelson Named Chief Operating Officer of Novell, Inc.

Novell, Inc. today announced the promotion of Stewart Nelson, senior vice president of marketing and product development, to chief operating officer.

SAN JOSE, Calif. | February 7, 2000

Novell, Inc. today announced the promotion of Stewart Nelson, senior vice president of marketing and product development, to chief operating officer.

This announcement expands Mr. Nelson's role at Novell ®, where he has held a variety of executive-level positions in management, product development, and marketing since his arrival in 1994.

"Stewart has already had a powerful impact on our business. He has been instrumental in setting, driving and delivering our product direction, and more recently, in effecting needed changes in marketing," stated Eric Schmidt. "His leadership is proven, and as COO I expect him to take the execution of Novell's business to new levels of timeliness and competitiveness. We're creating a strong organization focused on our objective of supporting one Net solutions that enable our customers to adapt and accelerate their transformation to ebusiness."

"We've positioned Novell to be the leader in network software for all network-- wired or wireless, intranet, extranet, or Internet," said Mr. Nelson. "We're seeing the demands of various networks blur into a single set of requirements for one Net, and we intend to offer the industry's broadest set of cross-platform, network software services to our customers and partners. I'm personally excited to lead a management team that collectively offers broad experience from some of the best companies in the industry."

Reporting directly to Mr. Nelson are the operational leaders of product development, marketing, sales, and services. Steve L. Adams, recently promoted to senior vice president of worldwide marketing, is responsible for corporate positioning and programs and directs all corporate, field, and partner marketing activities. Dave Shirk, recently promoted to senior vice president of product management, drives product focus and direction for the company and is responsible for all product, packaging, and pricing strategies. Joining Mr. Adams and Mr. Shirk in reporting to Mr. Nelson, are Ron Heinz, senior vice president of worldwide sales; and Richard Nortz, senior vice president of services.

Stewart Nelson has more than 15 years of experience in the computer industry. Prior to joining Novell as part of the WordPerfect acquisition in 1994, he held positions at WordPerfect and IBM. He earned bachelors and masters degrees in computer science from Brigham Young University. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Encommerce

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), is a leading provider of Net services software that delivers services to secure and power all types of networks wired to wireless, corporate and public, the Internet, intranets, and extranets -- across leading operating systems. Novell's Net services software provides the foundation for one Net-a single global network that supports new applications and forms of business. Net Services software gives IT organizations a way to adapt and accelerate their transformation to ebusiness, simplify the management and control of all networks, create a secure foundation for doing business on the Net, and help deliver a consistent and high-quality experience to end users in all locations. Worldwide channel, consulting, education and technical support programs, along with strategic alliances, combine Novell Net services software with third-party products and services to form complete Net solutions.

For information on Novell's complete range of products and services, contact Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272), or visit Novell's Web site at Press may access Novell announcements and company information on the World Wide Web at In addition, detailed comparisons between Novell products and competitive offerings from other vendors are available on the Web at

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Press Contacts

Pamela Mahoney
Novell, Inc.
Telephone: 408-967-7195

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