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Maru's appointment completes a revamp of the company's legal team following an accounting scandal, which resulted in the exit of previous general counsel Steven Woghin. Maru's new boss Kenneth Handal took over in June 2004 and has managed to raise the profile of the legal department.
"There were fundamental changes, of which my appointment is indicative," explains Maru. "The legal team in Europe was previously mainly responsible for commercial contracts, but it's now involved in the whole business of Computer Associates."
Maru spent 10 years at Novell and his move has prompted the IT company to move the centre of its EMEA legal operations to Germany with the promotion of Djamel Souici to Maru's old role. Despite this, Souici is preaching continuity and will not review his key outside counsel of Clifford Chance and Lovells.
Souici said: "Nitin has put an effective legal structure in place. It's a business-driven philosophy that works very well."