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Sun names new COO from within

Sun Microsystems promotes Edward Zander to the newly created position of chief operating officer.

Sun Microsystems (SUNW) promoted Edward Zander to the newly created position of chief operating officer.

Zander, who previously served as president of Sun's computer division, now will be responsible for operating five Sun divisions--SunSoft, JavaSoft, SunService, Sun Microelectronics, and the computing company, as well as the office of the chief technology officer. He also will oversee Sun's engineering, R&D, manufacturing, marketing and sales, and service and support operations.

The appointment comes on the heels of reports that Zander was being wooed to fill Apple's vacant chief executive post. He reportedly turned the troubled computer maker down.

Zander's appointment also is part of Sun's efforts to create a new executive management team. Michael Lehman, the company's chief financial officer, recently was promoted to vice president of corporate resources, with responsibility for Sun's finance, legal, human resources, real estate, and information resources.

William J. Raduchel, Sun's former chief information officer, now will oversee corporate development as well as Sun's long-term strategy.

"Our rapid growth and success, coupled with burgeoning new market opportunities, such as telephony, finance, and even consumer electronics/cable, makes this the right time to focus our executive talent on the next stage of growth," Scott McNealy, Sun's chairman, president, and chief executive, said in a statement.