Don Tennant

Good sports

By Don Tennant
April 22, 2008 10:28 AM EDT

If you watched the "Dear Aunt Donna" video clips on our site, you saw some incredibly good sports who were willing to have some fun with the idea by posing questions to our resident agony aunt. And none of them was a better sport than Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian.

It takes a lot of guts for the CEO of one of the best-known software companies on the planet to go along with something like this, but I can tell you that he didn't hesitate for a nanosecond. Hovsepian has a terrific sense of humor that really says a lot about Novell's corporate culture. After watching the video of his boss, John Dragoon, Novell's chief marketing officer, wrote in an e-mail to me yesterday that having a sense of humor is "a prerequisite to work in this industry." I'd tweak that to say it's a prerequisite to be as highly regarded in this industry as Hovsepian is.

Don't be surprised to see other IT luminaries posing questions to Aunt Donna in upcoming episodes. And don't hesitate to pose a question yourself. You can go to and send a video clip of your question, or you can simply e-mail a question to Aunt Donna would be delighted to hear from you.


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