Where Are They Now?: 1997 Industry Hall Of Fame Inductees


Ray Noorda

Achievements: Founder and CEO of infrastructure software provider Novell , Noorda pushed the company to develop a tiered channel, certification programs for engineers and a successful channel partner program that several other companies came to similarly adopt. By separating LAN software from its hardware servers and buying out key networking vendors, Noorda was able to lower the price of NICs, making them more affordable, and was able to face down some of the leading direct-sales forces by utilizing national distributors.

Today: Noorda was CEO and chairman of Novell from 1982 until 1994. In 1992, Noorda founded an investment firm called Canopy Group, of which he was CEO and owner until his death in October 2006.

 



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