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Green Heading Back to Sun

Rich Green is headed home to Sun Microsystems, a place where prodigal sons come and the company dances the executive shuffle.

Green, who left Sun in April 2004 to help virtualization software start-up Cassatt get on its feet, will take over as executive vice president of software, a Sun spokesperson confirmed in an e-mail today.

He will take the reins from Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz, who had been manning the software chief spot since John Loiacono left in March to run Adobe's creative software group.

As a Java tools executive, Green was a key cog in helping Sun and Microsoft settle antitrust and patent lawsuits, a deal in which Microsoft paid Sun $1.95 billion.

The appointment of Green comes as Sun is open sourcing crown jewels, such as Solaris and other technologies at a fast clip.

The news, coming during the company's quarterly news event in Washington, D.C., marks the latest in the executive comings, goings and shuffling at Sun.

Just last week, long-time CEO Scott McNealy handed his job to Schwartz and became chairman.

Before Loiacono jumped to Adobe, Peder Ulander, once the top marketing executive for Sun's desktop solutions group, rejoined Sun after a stint at MontaVista Software.

In February, Michael Lehman rejoined Sun as CFO, replacing Steve McGowan, who retired. Lehman had been CFO at Sun from 1998 to 2002.

Two years ago, Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsteim rejoined Sun when the company acquired his startup, Kealia. The engineer went on to develop the company's Opteron-based Galaxy servers.

Greens' departure won't exactly leave the company hurting, according to Cassatt executives.

Steve Wilson, vice president of product marketing at Cassatt, told internetnews.com that Cassatt CTO Rob Gingell, who joined Green to blaze a trail at Cassatt, will tack on Green's role of executive vice president of products.

Wilson said Cassatt, which partners with Sun, has no ill feelings about the move.

"With all the changes at Sun and Rich's long history there, he's got the opportunity to influence events at one of the biggest, most important companies in the Valley, and we wish him nothing but the best there," Wilson said.