Sun Not Finished with Executive Musical Chairs

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-06-29 Print this article Print

Company names a new storage marketing VP.

The executive trickle-down effect—which started with Jonathan Schwartz replacing Scott McNealy as CEO in April—is delving deeper into Sun Microsystems, which said June 29 that it has reconfigured its storage division and named a new vice president to run the storage marketing operation. The Santa Clara, Calif., company has consolidated its tape, disk, software, storage marketing and partner-management business units and asked its Tape Management Group vice president, Nigel Dessau, to take charge as the new vice president of storage marketing and business operations.
Sun is making the moves "to further align the storage group with Suns other business units—servers, software, sales and services," said spokesperson Michelle Parkinson.
Dessau is a former chief marketing officer at Denver-based StorageTek—which Sun acquired last year—and had been with IBM for 19 years prior to that. He replaces James Whitemore, who is leaving Sun. After Schwartz became CEO, he replaced former Sun Executive Vice President of Data Management Group Mark Canepa with David Yen, who had been EVP of Suns Scalable Systems Group. Dessau will report to Anil Gadre, Suns CMO, and Yen in the new structure. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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