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CA taps ex-Novell exec to head Unicenter

Alan Nugent--until recently CTO of Novell--will lead a key business for Computer Associates.

Computer Associates International has hired former Novell CTO Alan Nugent to head Unicenter, its largest and most strategic business.

Alan Nugent
Alan Nugent,
incoming senior VP,
Computer Associates

CA is also planning a reorganization in the coming weeks, the company said Wednesday.

Effective April 8, Nugent will be general manager and senior vice president of CA's Unicenter business unit, reporting to Russell Artz, who is executive vice president of products. Nugent, who has 25 years of experience in information technology, left Novell earlier this month.

Unicenter is CA's systems management product line. John Swainson, who became CEO earlier this year, has said that the systems management and security lines will be CA's main drivers of future revenue growth.

CA's plan to install a new business organization in the coming weeks is designed to create more accountability for individual business units. Until now, the company has been organized around its individual brands.

"We shortly will put in place a new business unit structure focused on fostering greater accountability to the business and to customer needs, as well as giving CA the ability to be more responsive to the changing dynamics of the marketplace," Swainson said in a statement.

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Alan Nugent is the
second high-level
executive to leave the
company in recent months.

Bringing in Nugent--one of several top CA executives hired from other technology companies--is another indication of the management and cultural changes CA has seen in the past year.

The company's management had been dominated by its founder, Charles Wong, and his hand-picked successor, Sanjay Kumar, who was ousted during an accounting scandal last year.