1 May 2002 Sun Microsystems president and chief operating officer Ed Zander is to leave the company. Zander is the third senior Sun executive to leave in the past few weeks and his resignation represents a particular blow for the US computer group.
Sun chairman and CEO Scott McNealy will take over Zander’s responsibilities, together with the title of president. There are no plans to appoint a replacement for Zander.
Fifty-five year old Zander has been working for the Palo Alto, California-based company for 15 years. He will officially leave on 1 July 2002 – the beginning of the new financial year at Sun. He is to retain an advisory role at Sun until the end of the year.
Given his position and duties, Zander is a key figure at Sun – he has been in charge of the group’s business operations on a day-to-day basis as well as its longer-term global strategy. McNealy praised “his unparalleled commitment to our customers, shareholders, and employees”.