Social Software Company Mzinga Appoints Former Novell And CA CTO As CEO

Big shot joining the management team over at social software company Mzinga today: Alan Nugent, former chief technology officer of well-known technology giants like Bellsouth, Xerox, Novell and CA Technologies, has been appointed as its new CEO.

Mzinga provides social intelligence solutions, services, and analytics for businesses. The company has raised more than $42 million since it was founded back in 2007.

Nugent is expected to guide the company’s long-term technology vision and R&D strategies, manage customer acquisition and day-to-day operations. He’ll be based in Mzinga’s corporate headquarters in Waltham, MA.

He’s succeeding former CEO Barry Libert, Mzinga’s co-founder and chairman.

Prior to joining Mzinga, Nugent served as EVP and CTO at CA. Earlier in his career, Nugent was senior vice president and CTO of Novell, and before that senior vice president, CTO, and CIO at MunichRe/American Re; senior vice president and CTO at Xerox Corporation and chief technologist and software architect for BellSouth Corporation.

He began his career at Hewlett-Packard Company. Oh, and he has apparently also played competitive poker for more than two decades.