Sun second-in-command Ed Zander is certain to stay at the company after being promoted to chief operating officer, quashing rumours that he would become chief executive of Apple Computer or Silicon Graphics (SGI).
Scott McNealy, Sun chief executive, president and chairman, said Zander, president of hardware arm Sun Microsystems Computer Company, had been part of a management team that deserves recognition for its contributed to Sun?s success.
Zander will manage Sun's research and development group, Sun Labs, the office of the chief technology officer and its five operating companies - SMCC, Sunsoft, Javasoft, Sun Service and Sun Microelectronics - in his new role. He will oversee all of Sun's engineering, research and development, manufacturing operations, marketing, sales, and service and support.
McNealy?s wife last week gave birth to the couple?s second son and sources said McNealy wants to spend a few of his waking hours away from Sun. Chief financial officer Michael Lehman has been given responsibility for human and information resources in an additional role of vice president of corporate resources.
Bill Raduchel has also been promoted from chief information officer to chief strategy officer, reflecting the increasing importance of technology-based acquisitions. All three promoted executives will form a management committee and Zander will take responsibility for the day-to-day running of Sun.
Apple has been looking for a full-time chief executive for six months as interim chief executive Steve Jobs has repeatedly said he will not be persuaded to take over full time. SGI was shocked by the departure of its 13-year veteran chief executive, Ed McCracken, in November.
The latest names linked with the SGI job are Oracle president and COO Ray Lane, who is said to be happy at Oracle and unlikely to leave, and Autodesk chief executive Carol Bartz, a success in the graphics and CAD software market who may be persuaded to take the challenge of reversing the fortunes of a related hardware company.
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