Novell SA chief quits to join Google
Novell South Africa’s Stafford Masie is leaving the Linux vendor to head up the local Google operation, reports ITWeb.
Masie has led the Soth African Novell office for the past four years and has been a key figure in the Linux strategy adopted by Novell globally.
Masie told ITWeb that he will "be heading up Google’s operations in SA as of 3 September, more than that I cannot say. Google will issue a formal statement soon," he said.
Google’s chairman and CEO, Eric Schmidt, was recruited in 2001 by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin from Novell, where he was chairman and CEO.
Masie spent four years at Novell corporate headquarters in Utah, where he was involved in developing the strategy that saw Novell acquire Linux innovator Ximian and SuSe Linux in 2003, and become a Linux company.
Returning to South Africa in 2003 to head up Novell’s local office, Masie has been a key, and outspoken, figure in the open source and Linux movement in the country.