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Chris Stone
Chris Stone was appointed Vice Chairman, Office of the CEO, of Novell in March 2002, marking his return to the company after departing in late 1999 to found Tilion, a web services start-up. At Novell, Stone has responsibility for all engineering, support, marketing, product management, alliances, global sales, and consulting. Stone will be instrumental in driving Novell's one Net vision forward, and is focused on reasserting Novell's technology leadership moving into a web services environment.

Stone founded Tilion to address the unmet business requirement for a real-time, unified view of the logistics supply chain using the Web and standards like XML to produce a service. Tilion has now merged with Synquest. Stone is a noted technology visionary, with more than twenty years of experience leading high technology industry innovation.

Prior to Tilion, Stone spent more than two years as executive vice president of corporate strategy and development at Novell. Stone played a key role in the turnaround and resurgence of Novell during 1997-99. Previously, he was the founder of the Object Management Group (OMG), the largest software development standardization group of its kind. While the CEO of OMG, he created CORBA and numerous other distributed computing and object technology standards. He also drove the group's vision, its technology teams, and the formation of innovative conferences, publications, and partnerships. Stone began his technology career at Data General Corporation, where he spent ten years in various positions leading up to his role as the director of software products. Stone is on the advisory board of Wasatch ventures in Utah as well as other software and consortium based organizations. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Software and Internet Council.

Stone has been working with and around open source and Linux technology since 1997. He initiated the Open Source Review Board in 1997 to help Novell migrate services to Linux. In 2003, these concepts paid off as Novell acquired Ximian to give Novell a Linux desktop as well as the recently announced plans to acquire SUSE Linux, the leading operating environment for Linux. Novell has also begun shipping Nterprise Linux Services, a series of network services providing value-add on both Red Hat and SUSE Linux.

Stone has a degree in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire and attended the Executive MBA program at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. He was named a "Top Ten Entrepreneur" by Red Herring for 2001.

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