Sun's Java chief finds greener pasture at Cassatt

The twentieth defector

Former Sun Microsystems' Java chief Rich Green has found a new home at stealth software start-up Cassatt.

Green's April 13 start date beats our prediction by two days, but the end result is the same. Cassatt named Green as EVP in charge of product development. This is Green's first job outside of Sun in 14 years.

At Cassatt, Green reunites with another former Sun executive - Bill Coleman, who is serving as the company's CEO. Coleman also co-founded and ran BEA.

"I have known Rich since our days together at Sun and I have followed his many successes," said Coleman. "He brings a wealth of world-class expertise in software development for the enterprise that is crucial to helping our customers get the most value out of their technology infrastructure investment. We're excited to have him as part of our team."

Green's departure from Sun, following its settlement with Microsoft, caused quite a stir largely due to our charges that the executive was upset over the Beastly agreement. A number of Sun executives denied this was the case, saying instead that Green could not be happier to put the court battle over Java behind him.

Cassatt has managed to pull a number of Sun workers to its side. Last year, it was revealed that 19 Sun staffers had joined the start-up.

Cassatt is still holding onto its stealth status. It is, however, clear that the company is one of many working on virtualization software - a cryptic name for a new form of hardware management applications. Cassatt's products also appear to be Java-based, so who better than the great Java defender - Green - to oversee their development. ®

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