Software management merry-go round at Sun

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Sun Microsystems is rejigging its software division with the appointment of a new software supremo. Jonathan Schwartz, currently chief strategy officer, will become executive vice president of software.

Schwartz, 36, joined Sun in 1996 when Sun acquired Lighthouse Software. He led Sun's investment efforts and was one of the driving forces behind the Liberty Alliance Project to counter Microsoft's Passport authentication service.

Previously the division he heads up only dealt with Java and the Solaris operating system, but Schwartz's responsibilities will also include the Sun Open Network Environment (Sun ONE) products - better known as the iPlanet brand.

Sun has also announced a new marketing and business development organisation to be headed up by Mark Tolliver. Tolliver had led the iPlanet work nearly since its inception as the Sun-Netscape Alliance. He also spent 16 years at Sun rival Hewlett-Packard.

Tolliver's new group will handle marketing the company to industry partners, develop Sun's strategy, align its products with new trends, and seal partnerships with other companies. Chief Marketing Officer John Loiacono will report to Tolliver.

Former software head, Patricia Sueltz will replace retiring Sun veteran Larry Hambly as executive vice president of enterprise services. Chief Financial Officer Mike Lehman, is being replaced by Steve McGowan, while there will be replacement for retiring John Shoemaker as executive vice president of computer systems.

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