Mike Sheridan, one of the co-founders of the Sun 'Green' project that created Java, is the latest in a line of executives to jump ship to join Eric Schmidt, Novell's chief executive and Sun?s former chief technology officer, as vice president of strategic businesses.
Sheridan will report directly to Schmidt, who sees Java and the Internet as linchpins in the ailing network supplier?s turnaround, and will spearhead efforts to build business opportunities based around Java. He will also investigate ways in which Novell can position its product set to enter new Internet based markets.
He said: "Novell is a pure networking play and rapidly gaining momentum as an Internet software leader. I see great promise in Novell?s software for new kinds of services that will take advantage of Java and the Internet to solve customers? business problems."
Sheridan is best known for his work with Sun?s James Gosling and Patrick Naughton on the Green project, which was set up in 1990 to develop technology for interactive TV. This later evolved into Java.
His last position at Sun was as director of Internet appliances at Sun?s fledgling consumer technologies group, where he led the development of a low cost server to control household appliances and voicemail.
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