Sun Announces Management Shakeup

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-04-04 Print this article Print

Sun Microsystems announced that it has promoted John Loiacono, the vice president of its operating platforms group, to executive vice president of software.

Sun Microsystems Inc. announced Monday that it has promoted John Loiacono, the vice president of its operating platforms group, to executive vice president of software. That move follows Suns announcement Friday that Jonathan Schwartz, who was the executive vice president of software, had been promoted to president and chief operating officer of the Santa Clara, Calif.-based firm.
While Sun executives and officials declined to confirm that Loiacono was set to be promoted to the new role, sources close to the company said this was in the cards and would be announced publicly on Monday after internal Sun staff had been informed of the move.
There was a lot of speculation on Friday about who was in the running for the job, with most people telling eWEEK it would either be Loiacono or John Fowler, Suns chief technology officer for software. In an interview with eWEEK on Friday, Schwartz declined to say who would replace him, saying that Sun staff had not been informed of the choice as yet. But he did rule Fowler out as a candidate. "Software is the lens through which Sun is seen as we touch so many people with our software. Literally 30 million people a month visit and experience Sun. "So we take the role of software leader really seriously and the person who heads that up has to be savvy not only on technology issues but also someone who is a tremendously effective communicator. The person we promote to that role is both of those things," he said. Loiacono is a natural successor to Schwartz, with whom he has worked very closely on projects like Orion, first reported by eWEEK in Dec. 2002 and now known as the Java enterprise System, as well as on the development of its Solaris operating system and Solaris for x86. Click here for a recent interview between eWEEK.coms Messaging Center Editor Steve Gillmor and Jonathan Schwartz on the latest Sun/MS legal settlement.
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.

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