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Novell fills COO void

The network software maker promotes senior vice president Stuart Nelson to chief operating officer.

Network software maker Novell has promoted senior vice president Stuart Nelson to chief operating officer.

The appointment of Nelson fills a void in Novell's executive team, headed by chief executive Eric Schmidt. Nelson previously served as senior vice president of marketing and product development.

Nelson, 39, is a 15-year veteran of the computer industry. He joined Novell when the company bought WordPerfect in 1994.

News of the promotion comes in advance of a scheduled company news conference tomorrow to announce an updated set of software targeted at e-commerce and back-end networking services.

The heads of the company's product development, marketing, sales and services teams will now report to Nelson.