MySQL CEO Mickos Takes His Leave of Sun Microsystems

Lora Bentley

Just as personnel changes are aplenty in various government agency positions these days, significant personnel changes are also afoot at Sun Microsystems. Open Source Magazine reported Tuesday that Marten Mickos, who served as the CEO of MySQL AB before Sun acquired the open source database company, has resigned.


Writer Maureen O'Gara says of the departure:

Mickos... apparently felt stifled inside a big company and maybe never intended staying longer. He is quoted as saying in his farewell address to the troops, "I love the challenge of an unproven value proposition and being the top policymaker, building new things."

What's worse, perhaps, for Sun is that Mickos is the third big name from MySQL beginnings to leave since the company was acquired by Sun. Co-founders Monty Widenius and David Axmark also made their exits recently.


In an e-mail to IT Business Edge, Sun spokesperson Dana Lengkeek said simply:

Sun can confirm that effective immediately it is combining its Software Infrastructure organization with its Database Group to form a unified open source product group under the leadership of Karen Tegan Padir, vice president of MySQL & Software Infrastructure. The combined organization -- MySQL & Software Infrastructure -- will deliver open platforms for web-oriented architecture, spanning Identity, applications servers, databases and application integration.

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