Sun Appoints Schwartz Software Head

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-04-30 Print this article Print

Sun appointed Jonathan Schwartz, its current chief strategy officer, as executive vice president of an expanded software group, which will unify its current operations and brands, including the Solaris Operating Environment, the StarOffice productivity su

Sun Microsystems Inc., ratcheting up its focus on the software side of its business, on Monday appointed Jonathan Schwartz, its current chief strategy officer, as executive vice president of an expanded software group, effective July 1. Suns expanded software organization will unify its current software operations and brands, including the Solaris Operating Environment, the StarOffice productivity suite, the Java platform and all Sun Open Network Environment products.
Ed Zander, Suns president and chief operating officer, said in a statement announcing the moves that Sun is bringing together its software offerings in a single, customer-focused organization. "Sun Software will be one of the largest software organizations in the industry and … under Jonathans leadership we will continue the great momentum and customer experience established by Pat Sueltz [current executive vice president of software systems] and Mark Tolliver [president of iPlanet]," he said.
While Schwartz would continue in his current role until July 1, he would work closely with both Sueltz and Tolliver on the integration and transition of their organizations, officials said, noting that Schwartz had also been head of its venture and strategic investment group and had previously run its developer tool group and product marketing for the Java platform. Also effective July 1, Sueltz will lead Suns enterprise services organization, replacing incumbent Larry Hambly, who will retire. Sun, based in Santa Clara, Calif., also announced that it had formed a new Marketing and Business Development organization, which would be headed by Tolliver as executive vice president. Zander said this new organization will integrate Suns industry knowledge, product strategy, and partner programs to provide compelling solutions to Sun customers and partners.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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