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Sun merges sales and service

The company promotes an exec to lead it sales group.

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Sun Microsystems promoted Don Grantham to lead the company's sales organization and merged it with the services group he previously led, the server and software company said Tuesday. Services revenue continues to grow at Sun, accounting for 37 percent of the total in the most recent quarter compared to 33 percent two years earlier.

Grantham replaces Bob MacRitchie as head of sales, Sun said, and reports to President Jonathan Schwartz. MacRitchie is retiring. "We look forward to Don leading this new organization as a single, unified team, focused on growing the business and providing our customers with a truly integrated experience," Schwartz said in a statement.