Novell Inc’s SVP in charge of all products, Denice Gibson has resigned due to personal reasons leaving CEO Eric Schmidt to run product development until a replacement is found and giving recent recruit John Slitz all marketing. Novell says it’s going to appoint an engineer to head-up development in short order. It’s glad Gibson’s departure came to pass as she is at the center of a sexual harassment case filed by Jeff Merkey, chief architect of Novell’s Wolf Mountain clustering software, who was allegedly forced to leave the company after he turned down Gibson’s advances and Novell failed to deal with his complaint properly (CI No 3,203). Merkey went off to found Timpanogas Inc, which is building Windows NT fault-tolerant clustering software called Replevin, and is being sued by Novell for using its intellectual property. Timpanogas denies the charge. The case is going to court.