SUSE Linux AG Welcomes New CTO

January 17, 2002

Munich-based Nemetschek AG's development manager joins Europe's leading Linux provider


Boris Nalbach, an experienced IT professional, assumes the position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at SUSE Linux AG, the international Open Source technology leader and solutions provider.

"Boris Nalbach was our favorite candidate for staffing the Executive Board vacancy," said Gerhard Burtscher, Chairman of the corporation's Executive Board. "Under his supervision, we will introduce additional smart Linux solutions for end customers as well as for enterprises and promote the strategic and operational collaboration with our technology partners."

Boris Nalbach, CTO SUSE Linux AG

Boris Nalbach (age 43) has been active in the software development departments of leading companies for more than 15 years. After his graduation in electrical engineering - technical computing, Nalbach embarked on his career with ELSA AG, Aachen, Germany, in 1985. From 1990 on he headed the software development. In 1995 he joined Nemetschek AG, Munich, Germany, where he eventually took up responsibility for research & development, documentation, and quality assurance & testing.

"SUSE Linux will prevail in the market. This is no mere start-up buzzphrase, it's what I'm personally deeply convinced of," said Boris Nalbach. "In the past ten years, SUSE has played a substantial role in the development of Linux and has accumulated a globally unique engineering know-how in this sector. To me, Linux clearly demonstrates that the Open Source development approach results in excellent software that leads to superior solutions for our customers."

Customer-Oriented Business Units Serve Multi-Layer Linux Market

SUSE Linux AG uses the following four Business Units to handle diverse customer segments in line with the specific requirements of the respective target groups:

  • The "Qualified Users" division makes use of the product families SuSE Linux and SUSE press to address technically skilled private users.
  • The "Business Users" division offers largely preconfigured solutions products from the range of "SUSE Business Solutions" to SMEs.
  • The "Corporate Users" division presents a comprehensive range of consulting, development, implementation, and training services to government offices and public administrations as well as large customers such as Heinrich Bauer Verlag, T-Online, and DG Capital.
  • The Business Unit "Technology Partners" focuses on development services and technology transfer for IT providers like AMD, Compaq, IBM, Intel, Oracle, SAP, and SGI.

CTO Boris Nalbach will be in charge of the entire product planning/development of SUSE Linux AG. The divisions Research & Development, Product Management, and the Business Unit "Technology Partners" report to him. The other Business Units and the foreign subsidiaries report to CEO Gerhard Burtscher. CFO Johannes Nussbickel heads the Finance & Administration division.

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