Former Netscape chief executive and AOL director Jim Barksdale has joined the board of directors at Sun Microsystems, in a move which is expected to improve the partnership between Sun and AOL.
AOL announced a three year development and marketing alliance with Sun to speed the growth of enterprise ecommerce and develop next generation Internet devices, in conjunction with its $4.2 billion acquisition of Netscape late last year. (see Newswire 24 November, 1998).
The Sun/Netscape alliance subsequently announced it would merge both companies’ Internet software into a single product line to try and take on IBM and Microsoft in the ecommerce space. (see Newswire 31 March)
Following the takeover, Barksdale was appointed to the AOL board and will now join an eclectic range of high tech and not so high tech heavyweights at Sun.
In addition to chief executive Scott McNealy, fellow directors include: venture capital supremo John Doerr of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byters; Eastman Kodak vice president Robert Long; Cisco chief technology officer Judith Estrin; Echelon Systems chief executive Kenneth Oshman; Stanford University graduate school of business dean Michael Spence; and Robert Fisher, an executive vice president of the Gap clothing company.
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