John F. Slitz, who joined Novell two years ago, was in charge of the network software maker's marketing strategy and reported directly to chief executive Eric Schmidt. Slitz will leave the company on August 31 to pursue other opportunities, the company said.
In a prepared statement, Novell executives said Slitz helped turn the company around by reorganizing its marketing programs and revitalizing its brand name. Novell has begun looking for a replacement, a company spokesman said.
Before joining Novell, Slitz worked at IBM, where he was vice president of marketing for object technology and application development. Slitz was also a co-founder of the Object Management Group, a non-profit standards group that handles technology, such as Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA).