MySQL Chief Leaving Sun

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Former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos is leaving Sun Microsystems, a Sun spokeswoman confirmed Friday.

Mickos, who became senior vice president of Sun's database group when Sun bought MySQL last year, is just the latest high-profile MySQL figure to depart from Sun.

The database's creator, Michael "Monty" Widenius, said in a blog post Thursday he had resigned due to dissatisfaction with how Sun was handling MySQL development, and several months ago MySQL co-founder David Axmark also left the company, citing the confining nature of corporate life.

Mickos' duties have been taken over by Sun executive Karen Tegan Padir, who is now vice president of the newly formed MySQL and Software Infrastructure group. Padir's responsibilities also include the Glassfish application server, identity management, SOA (service oriented architecture), and the Java Enterprise System.

The shakeup "puts MySQL into the mainstream of software at Sun" and will help the company form "even tighter linkages between all software properties," Sun said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Mickos' bio now states that he will serve as an "open source strategist" until the end of Sun's current quarter.

Mickos could not immediately be reached for additional comment Friday.

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