SUSE Linux Appoints Amnon Harman as Chief Operating Officer

August 1, 2003

SUSE Linux today announced the expansion of its Executive Board -- naming Amnon Harman as Chief Operating Officer (COO).


Amnon Harman - Chief Operating Officer (COO)

As a member of the Executive Board, Harman will be responsible for the refinement and optimization of internal company processes -- to better position the company for growth and to meet the increasing requirements of customers, partners, and shareholders.

Harman will be responsible for the development of workflows and infrastructure within SUSE Linux -- including all company segments involved in corporate strategy, product development and marketing, and product delivery. Harman will also head the newly formed Project Management Group as well as the Organisation and IT departments.

"In Amnon Harman, we have signed our prime candidate for this position," said Richard Seibt, CEO of SUSE Linux. "He has the experience a COO needs, knows the Linux market very well, and shares our enthusiasm for SuSE."

Harman, born 1965, studied aviation technology and industrial engineering in Munich. He embarked on his career in 1991, when he joined the Operations Management of Arther D. Little (ADL) International, Inc., mainly focussing on the pharmaceutical, chemical, and manufacturing industry. In 1997, he moved on to Deutsche Bank, Global Technology & Services (GTS) Europe, where he was appointed Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, he was responsible for the strategy development and implementation, budgeting, and optimization of the technological environment of the European branch network of Deutsche Bank with about 6,500 employees in 16 branches.

From 2000 on, Harman played an important role in the establishment of the venture capital fund e-millennium 1 (eM1), which invests in companies of the technology, media, and telecommunications sector with a volume of EUR 200 million. Since Autumn 2001, Harman has been coordinating the work and development of the company group as investment manager of SUSE lead investor e-millenium 1. e-millennium 1 is built on the capital and expertise of companies such as Accenture, Beisheim Holding, Deutsche Bank, and SAP.

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