, chief executive of the Linux and server software seller, told employees of the move on Wednesday, saying Nugent has left for a position at another company expected to be announced in coming weeks. Novell spokesman Bruce Lowry confirmed the departure.
The move comes shortly before Novell's annual Brainshare conference, which begins Sunday in Salt Lake City.
Nugent joined Novell in 2002, after working at telecommunications company Vectant, American Re-Insurance and Xerox's global process and information management organization. He lived in New Jersey but spent much of his time at the company's headquarters in Waltham, Mass.
He's the second high-level executive to leave the company in recent months.in November over what Messman described as .
No successor has been named, Lowry said. Novell didn't say whether Nugent will be replaced, "but my expectation would be that we would," he said. "We've always had a CTO."
That successor will inherit several technical tasks. A major one is supporting, a product that combines Novell's formerly dominant NetWare operating system with its newer and . Novell began shipping its first version of OES last week.
Novell's version of Linux is second in market share to. In Novell's most recent quarter, revenue from both NetWare and SLES were .
Those who reported to Nugent now will report to, whose roles were elevated in an August 2004 reorganization.