Novell\u2019s former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jack Messman, who was ousted from those positions in June, has quit the company\u2019s board of directors a month and a half earlier than had been previously announced.Messman quit Novell\u2019s board Monday, a company spokesman confirmed Thursday. In June, Novell said that Messman would remain on its board until Oct. 31.Novell made a brief 8-K filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Tuesday stating that Messman told the board Sept. 8 that he would resign from the board effective Sept. 11."This was just a personal decision by Jack," the Novell spokesman wrote in an e-mail. "If there had been any substantive disagreement with the board leading to his resignation, we would have had to state that in the SEC filing."Messman, 66, was booted out of his leadership roles at Novell by his fellow board members in a move they characterized as a way to better position the company to boost its growth. He became Novell CEO when the vendor acquired the consulting company he headed up, Cambridge Technology Partners, in 2001.Ron Hovsepian, Novell\u2019s president and chief operating officer, added the CEO title to his existing positions, while Thomas Plaskett, a Novell director, became chairman.Novell executives in June stressed that the departures of Messman and Joseph Tibbetts, the company\u2019s chief financial officer, weren\u2019t driven by accounting issues or any other improprieties.Late last month, Novell revealed that it had embarked upon a voluntary internal review to investigate how the company granted stock options to employees in recent years. Novell also cautioned that its third-quarter fiscal 2006 results should be considered preliminary financials until the company concludes the review, in case the findings indicate Novell needs to restate its earnings.On Monday, Novell made a filing to the SEC indicating that it does expect to be late in filing its third-quarter 10-K in light of the ongoing stock-options review."Based on preliminary findings, the audit committee of Novell\u2019s board of directors engaged independent outside legal counsel to conduct the review," Novell said in the filing.Novell added that it\u2019s not in a position to predict when the review will be completed.-China Martens, IDG News Service (Boston Bureau)Related Link:\n\nNovell Launches Internal Stock Options ProbeCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.