Masters, leader of Sun's global industry sales organization and president of Sun Microsystems Federal, will retire at the end of June, when Sun's fiscal year ends, according to an internal announcement seen by CNET News.com. Company spokeswoman Stephanie Von Allmen confirmed the departure and said Masters will be replaced by Dan Miller, senior vice president for industry sales.
Masters has "no specific plans" for the future beyond catching up on golf and vacation, he said in an e-mail to CNET News.com. "I will take a much needed rest and decide what I want to do next year," he said.
Masters reported to Bob MacRitchie,. And Thursday, Sun's top software executive, John Loiacono, .
Masters joined Sun from Cray in the 1990s when Sun acquired its 64-processor high-end Unix server design, then called the UE10000. Masters had been executive vice president of the high-end server group until 2004, when newly promoted President Jonathan Schwartzand named new managers. Two months later, .
Times have changed dramatically in recent years for Sun. Lower-end servers, many with x86 processors, now account for three-quarters of Sun's server revenue.