A Year After: The People

It’s been (almost) a year since Oracle’s Acquisition of Sun.  Some of the ex-Sun folks stayed at Oracle but others moved to other companies, small and large, public, private or still in stealth mode.  This Diaspora will contribute talent, expertise and experience to many companies, and, I hope, also some of the  culture at Sun that I’ve enjoyed for so many years.

Below is a list of companies where some of my ex-Sun friends have gone. I’ve listed explicitly the people that left Sun/Oracle after January 2010, but I’ve also included a few other ex-Sun folks that are in the company – as you can see, Sunnites like to work together

Added – Also see A Year After: The Open Source Projects.

Note This list is somewhat random and biased because of my personal contacts at Sun but post corrections and additions as comments to this entry and I’ll continue to update it as time permits



Other ex-Sunnites include Matt Stevens






Bank Of America

Ex-Sunites include Roderico Cruz

CA Technologies

Ex-Sunites include recent moves by Roman Strobl, James Branam, Karel Nenicka. Also Jim Engquist, Michael Walker

Carpathia Hosting

Ex-Sun folks include Peter Weber, Bill Ranney, Jon Greaves, Philip Hedlund, Brian Winter, Brent Bensten, Kasey Bradshaw, Paul Roberts and Tim Kennedy.



Other ex-Sunnites include Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart as a technical advisor.


Other ex-Sunnited include Doug Willoughby.




Data Differential


Other ex-Sunites include Ken Drachnik, Laurie Tolson, Uday Subbrarayan



Other ex-Sunites include Josep Ferrandiz, Ramesh Mandava,


Other ex-Sunites include Tim Cramer and Maarten Mickos


Ex-Suites include Nick Sieger, Charles Nutter and Thomas Enebo.  They all left Sun before CiC but after the announcement of acquisition… And, FWIW, Michael Piech just moved there.


Forrester Research

Ex-Sunnites include Eve Maler – LinkedIn


ForgeRock has many ex-Sunites including Stein Myrseth, Victor Ake, Anders Askåsen and Allan Foster. Post anniversary changes include:




Google is chock full of ex-Sunites, from Eric Schmidt down.  Some recent moves there include Ken Russell, Chet Haase

Guidewire Software

Other ex-Sunnites include Phil Goodwin, Peter Williams,



Other ex-Sunites include: Mark Hapner, Linda Schneider, Jim Hughes and John Plocher. Geoff Arnold is now at Yahoo and Pat Patterson is now at SourceForge.


Julianne provides this list of ex-Sunites: Julianne Raedeke, Gerry Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Hadden, Marcos Peixoto, Sean Cochrane, Tim Thomas



Other ex-Sunnites include Jason Shao and Dave Johnson






Other ex-Sunnites include Mark Basler, Tayloe Stansbury, Vijay Anand, Vinay Pai, Deepa Singh, Bill Keenan


Juniper Networks

  • Jeet Kaul
  • Hal Stern – LinkedIn
  • Dale Ferrario – LinkedIn
  • Valerie Alabanza-Cary – LinkedIn
  • Ray Cannon – LinkedIn

Other ex-Sunites include Mark Bauhaus, Connie Weiss, Mike Harding.

Jive Software

Other ex-Sunites include James Todd and Mike Cumings


Kerio Technologies

Ex-Sunnites include Pavel Suk.

Kii, Inc

Other ex-Sunites include Miko Matsumura

KIT Digital


Other ex-Sunites include Paul Hinz


Other ex-Sunites include Jacob Kessler


Other ex-Sunites include Michael (Monty) Widenius, Colin Charles



Micro Focus

Ex-Sunnites include Brit Hickman (LInkeIn)


  • Matt Thompson – comment, LinkedIn
  • Jean Elliott – LinkedIn
  • Sanjay Sharma – LinkedIn
  • Jennifer Umstattd – LinkedIn
  • Doris Chen –LinkedIn
  • Cliff Allen – LinkedIn
  • Gary Dahlby – LinkedIn
  • Neeta Saran – LinkedIn
  • Marc Walters – LinkedIn


Ex-Sunites include Prakash Narayan




  • Raghavan “Rags” Srinivas – Linkedin




Other ex-Sunites include Ricardo Labiaga

Net, Power and Light

Ex-Sunites incude Rob Gingell



Other ex-Sunites include Rich Green and David Rivas




  • Rasta (Rastilav) Kanocz
  • Gabor Puhalla


Quanta Research Institute

Other ex-Sunites include Steve Heller – LinkedIn



Other ex-Sunites include Rich Sharples, Keith Babo, Prakash Aradhya, Shelly McGowan,


Other ex-Sunites include Alan Brenner, Nedim Fresko, Curtis Sasaki, Mimi Hills, Rob Mori, Peter Dever, Andreas Hoffman, Stanley Ho, Tom Goguen, Martin Brehovsky


Other ex-Sunites include Chuck Mortimore, Kavindra Patel


Other ex-Sunites include Shel Finkelstein, Larry Cable,

SAS Institute

Search Optics

  • Jim Parkinson – CTO


Ex-Sunites include Patrik Backman, David Axmark, Kath O’Neil, Sean Pringle, all from the MySQL AB acquisition.



Sony Ericsson

Ex-Sunites include Peter Kacandes


Sunrise Technologies


Ex-Sunites include Marina Sum and Stephanie Bodoff

Time Warner Cable




Ex-Sunites include: Rich McDougall

Walt Disney Co

Whamcloud, LLC

The TheRegister and HPCwire say that Byron Neitzel, Peter Jones and Andreas Dilger “have recently joined”.

WonderBuilders, LLC



Other ex-Sunites include Geoff Arnold, Mary Smaragdis, Tony Ng, Paul Ko, Sanjay Radia, Mike Bellissimo, Brandon Carson


Startups in Stealth Mode, Independent Developers and Undeclared

Other Transitions

180s (in honor of  Duncan)

175 thoughts on “A Year After: The People

  1. Bill Pijewski (former Fishworks) went to Joyent about the same time as Dave Pacheco.

    Matt Ahrens & George Wilson (former ZFS guys) also went to Delphix.

    1. Thanks for the pointers, Rich.
      I’ll add Marc & you. Can you ask Peter for his OK on listing him here?
      Andy left Sun in late 2008 – and I don’t have any friends that joined there, so I think I’ll skip Arista – I have to place the boundary somewhere.

  2. Ken Russell – Former maintainer of the JOGL project and person responsible for writing the java applet plugin2, now at Google working on WebGL.

  3. Excellent list. I see a lot of names I respect up there.

    We’re not as cool as the others, but Trond Norbye (Tor’s brother) and I joined NorthScale, now renamed Membase, as a startup.

    Also, Shanti Subramanyam from PAE is now part of the Yahoo! performance team. Neel Nadgir had also left that team for SalesForce I think.

    1. My bad; I meant to add you and then forgot. I’ll add you in the update. And you guys are as cool as any of the others!! 🙂

  4. Note to self (via DeirdreS):
    Joyent: JohnS, Max Bruning, Shannon Fiume, Bill Pijewski, Robert Mustacchi
    Nexenta: Richard Elling
    StartUps: Bill Moore

    1. Hi Rajesh. Do you want to ask other Cumu Logic ex-Sun guys if they want to be listed here? If so, please add a comment with their names.

  5. Note to Self:
    In a “Side Move” section, Christian Kennerknecht’s Pretzel Business 🙂
    And need to check with a couple more.

  6. Note to self:
    Add NicolasPujol.com.
    Add Eucalyptus with Tim Cramer and Maarten Mickos as “other ex-Sunites”

  7. Feeling a little left out here…

    Matt Thompson – Microsoft
    Jean Elliott – Microsoft
    Sanjay Sharma – Microsoft
    Jennifer Umstadt – Microsoft
    Doris Chen – Microsoft

    1. Thanks for the list, Matt. I’ll update the post with MS inthe next version.
      In my defense, I had started the list with just those folks that had left after CiC, and neither you nor Jean fit that, and I didn’t know about the rest 🙂

      1. Sorry for not catching it, Jenniffer! I had tried to find you on LinkedIn but couldn’t… now I know why. I fixed the spelling and added the link.

  8. Hi

    James Khoo here from Malaysia, ex Sun Employee, attached to Sun Java Centers as Java Architect, has help many Sun’s partner and customer on rolling out large scale Java EE application.

    I just started my own company, http://secq.me, a new mobile tracking service that aim helping reduce crime rate against woman and children. Sorry for a bit introduction of our company here.

  9. Eduardo, here are a few others:
    will snow, linda skrocki, liz ditucci, joe mocker, matthew montgomery (web engineering group) to Accenture – some of us pre-CIC, some after 😉

    Curtis Sasaki, Andreas Hoffmann RIM

    1. Thanks, Will. Nice group of people a Accenture. I’ll add a section in the next revision, later in the week.
      I already had Curtis and Andreas in the RIM section.

    1. I don’t recall anybody going there recently. Dave Johnson joined there in early 2009, but that was because of a RIF due to financial stress, and it was before the IBM or the Oracle acquisition rumors/announcements.

    1. Thanks for the lead. I was never very close to the Lustre guys but I’ll include a reference to this somewhere in the updated version.

    1. Humm.
      I don’t see it as a privacy issue. All these folks have either blogged about their departure AND/OR posted about it in public mailing lists AND/OR advertised it in their public LinkedIn profile AND/OR commented here AND/OR told me to please advertise it here.
      I’d describe this more as an example of crowd-sourcing to compile a shared document.

      FWIW, I know of additional names that I have not listed because I either know they do not want to share the info or because I am not sure if they do.

  10. Hey Eduardo – I also decamped to Nokia on 6/1. Thanks for the list – and, BTW, agree on the privacy point. Just look up anyone of interest on LinkedIn and you’ll see where they are now. Cheers & good luck!


    1. Hi Dave! Will you be in Barcelona next month? Perhaps enough of us will be there to arrange a get-together 🙂

  11. Hi Eduardo – nice to see a mention from you, even though I didn’t hang around for CiC 🙂

    One correction – Geoff Arnold moved on from Huawei to Yahoo a few weeks before I moved to salesforce.com.

    Plenty of other ex-Sun folks at SFDC, but I’m not sure you’d know that many. Here’s a few off the top of my head… Chuck Mortimore (left Sun years ago, but top bloke), Brad Wheat (CiC), Matt Wolf (shortly before CiC), Kavindra Patel (left Sun years ago, but you might have known him).

    1. Thanks for the update on Geoff.
      I will add Brad as a “bullet” (CiC) and the rest in the “Other ex-Sunites include” paragraph.

    1. In retrospective, I should have looked at people’s moves after the Oracle/Sun deal was announced in April 2009. People like Nick, Charlie and Tom left after that but I didn’t list initially because they didn’t move before CiC.
      I’ll add a section on EngineYard and will list them there.

  12. Meredithe Mainquist GridIron Systems Sunnyvale CA
    Marcos Piexoto HP
    Frank Varella – Dell
    Jason Appelbaum – Dell
    AJ Kreshok – HP
    Ellen Steiner – Energy Market Innovations
    Tim Jolly – Seagate
    Cathy Bilafer – Kronos
    Dan Butzer – Acadia Enterprises
    Russ Smariga – Deloitte
    Tom Broussard – IBM
    Linda Hummel – VMware
    Chuck Otts – Cisco
    Herb Hinstorff – Intel
    AJ Hart – HP
    Joe Freeill – Compuware

    1. Hi Meredithe. Can I assume you know all these folks don’t mind me posting the info in the main summary page? I don’t have direct relationships with any of them, but I’m happy to list them in the “Other ex-Sun folks include” sections for each company after some quick checks at LinkedIn. Over the weekend…

  13. I know of many other ex-Sunnies who’ve joined HP in the last year; all of the below list HP as their current employer on their linked in profiles, so I feel comfortable sharing:

    Julianne Raedeke – http://www.linkedin.com/in/julianneraedeke
    Gerry Fitzpatrick – http://www.linkedin.com/in/gerryfitzpatrick
    Jennifer Hadden – http://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferleighhadden
    Marcos Peixoto – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/marcos-peixoto/1/961/701
    Sean Cochrane – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sean-cochrane/0/241/b45
    Tim Thomas – http://uk.linkedin.com/in/timthomas1961

  14. Great list!
    In someways the collective of twitter entries and blog postings by ex-Sunnites after CiC seemed like group therapy.

    I know of one ex-Sun who went the other way and joined Oracle: Charles Ditzel.

    On VMWare, many of the ex-Jini folk are there: Jim Waldo, Peter Jones. And also Matt Marquis and Jonathan Nimer.

    Jason Shao went to IBM.

    Sudhu Pant – Nokia

    Stanley Ho is also at RIM.

  15. I landed at Disney with Ted Leung. Thanks for putting this list together. It’s great to see so many talented Sun people in new homes.

    1. Thanks, Matt. Mostly I’m creating the list based from my circle of friends, either because I remember where they went or because I find them in LinkedIn. I’m not 100% consistent, but I try to give “bullets” to friends that left Sun before CiC, and list under “Other ex-Sunites” all friends and/or folks that left not “too long” ago.

      But I’m including also anybody that is mentioned in a comment, so very happy to include any ex-Sun folks that are at VMware, just list them in a comment.

  16. I’m currently working in the online video team at Time Warner Cable. My team is responsible for most of the TWC stuff being demo’ed at CES. I was working on xVM and Project Kenai while at Sun.


      1. I believe the majority of the people listed here left voluntarily, but not all of them did.

  17. More…

    Susan Landau (from Sun Labs – cryptography, security): http://www.radcliffe.edu/fellowships/fellows_2011slandau.aspx

    Kais Belgaied (Solaris networking/Crossbow),
    John Plocher (OpenSolaris, Sun ARC)

    Whit Diffie (from Sun Labs – public key encryption): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitfield_Diffie

    Radia Perlman (from Sun Labs – networking): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radia_Perlman

    PostgreSQL Experts, Inc:
    Josh Berkus

    Another ex-sunite from well before the Oracle acquistion, Rich McDougall, co-author of Solaris Internals: http://blog.richardmcdougall.com/

  18. Here are updates some of the people that I am connected to (all this information is public):

    Todd Fast, Ryan Kennedy – Conga (http://www.linkedin.com/in/toddfast and http://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanekennedy)
    Chris Webster – NASA (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/chris-webster/0/181/a4b)
    Raghavan “Rags” Srinivas – Navteq (http://www.linkedin.com/in/ragss)
    Uday Subbarayan – Dell (http://www.linkedin.com/in/udays)
    Marina Sum – Tibco (http://www.linkedin.com/in/marinasum)
    Roderico Cruz – Bank of America (http://www.linkedin.com/in/rodericocruz)
    Prakash Narayan – Micello (http://www.linkedin.com/in/prakashnarayan)

  19. You missed out the lot of us that went to Monty Program Ab to hack on MariaDB.

    There’s me, Monty (I know he left before that January 2010 date) and more. Company is made up of

    SkySQL also has a lot more: Kath O’Neil, Sean Pringle, and more

    That’s just me focusing on the MySQL diaspora!


    1. Hi Colin. Will be happy to include a section on MariaDB. I didn’t include it initially because I couldn’t think of anybody that had left after CiC, but I didn’t think very hard and I’m now including sections even in cases for folks that left after Announcement but before CiC.
      I think your comment was truncated, can you check if that is the case and, if so, post a follow-up with the extra names?
      I’ll also update the SkySQL names, no later than next weekend.

  20. Adobe Systems:
    Aaron Houston — Adobe Community Mgr No. Amer. Flash/Flex/AIR Creative Suite UGs (formerly Java User Group Program Coord + helped OpenSolaris UserGrps)
    Janice Campbell — Adobe Flex SDK +translation projects (formerly NetBeans Translation Projects)

  21. Sun Legal Diaspora:

    Microsoft – Cliff Allen, Gary Dahlby, Neeta Saran and Marc Walters

    Juniper Networks: Valerie Alabanza-Cary and Ray Cannon

    HP: Eileen Schefsky

    VMware: Leif Frykman, Matt Marquis, Phillip Eck and Jonathan Nimer

    NetApp – Orlena Fong Shek and Scott Vonderohe

    1. Thanks, Cliff. Good to know so many of you have landed in good places. I’ll update the post with the information sometime this week.

  22. Great blog! Please add the following:

    James Branam – CA Technologies (formerly CA)
    Ruth Kusterer – CA Technologies (formerly CA)
    Karel Nenicka – CA Technologies (formerly CA)
    Robert Novak – CA Technologies (formerly CA)
    David Simonek – CA Technologies (formerly CA)
    Josef Pavlicek – IBM
    Brad Schmidt – KIT Digital
    Ivan Vlasyuk – KIT Digital



  23. This is a fantastic list – thanks for putting in the effort.

    I’m at Carpathia Hosting as an Implementation Manager. I came over just post-CIC, and Kevin Spalding and Bob Austin have joined recently on our Tech-Ops team. We also have a large contingent of ex-Sun folks that came over before the acquisition – including our CEO, Peter Weber. Others are Bill Ranney, Jon Greaves, Brent Bensten, Kasey Bradshaw, Paul Roberts and Tim Kennedy.

    Thanks again,

    Courtney Ferry

  24. Hi Eduardo! Great idea to do this. FYI, I went to PayPal (where Aravindan Ranganathan is now) back in 2009, but as of just today, I joined Forrester Research as an analyst focusing on IAM for security and risk professionals.

  25. Nice list Eduardo, ex-Sunnies are getting like ex-IBMers – they’re everywhere ! Heres a few more

    ex Sunnies at Red Hat :

    Prakash Aradhya
    Shelly McGowan
    Kim Wilson Buck

    Also, Enterprise DB

    Karen Tegan Padir
    Tom Kincaid

    and I believe Ken MacKenzie went to Amazon

    1. Thanks, Rich. Say hi to the ex-Sunnites at RHAT!
      I’ll double check with Ken on the public LinkedIn – Amazon rings a bell.

  26. Excellent idea! Good luck at RIM and send regards to Czech guys there.
    I moved to Kerio Technologies (before CIC).
    Pavel Suk

    1. Thanks, pavel. I’ll add you to the directory.
      I’ll pass the HI along. They surround my desk (all newbies here in RWC) so I get to hear a lot of Czech nowadays 🙂

  27. Note to self – add these:

    Ari Shamash — Google
    Amy Oconnor — Nokia
    Joe Ferrill — Compuware
    Jim Langston — Compuware
    Doug Willoughby — Compuware ( pre CIC)

  28. Hi Eduardo – I worked in R&D at Sun for almost 15 years and besides you, I hardly recognize any of these names! I’m mostly in touch with folks from Software Products Division, Sunlabs, Sunsoft, NSE and Javasoft. There are definitely clusters, all over the valley and elsewhere. My last corporate job was as Director of PalmOS at Palm – great engineering, but they broke my spirit for the industry with bad executive decisions. In my experience, acquisitions are hard and often done for bad reasons. If they aren’t done in order to remove the competition from the market, integrating and/or utilizing the acquisition effectively takes skilled management, a scarce commodity in this industry (see the thread about good/bad acquisitions at Sun). After a period of working on open source election systems and some years of retirement, I switched fields completely – still a quant, but no corporations for me!

  29. Thanks for putting this list together! Great to see folks moving on to such a good list of organizations.

    As Meredith Mainquist rightfully noted (on Jan 5), I am now with Deloitte, and you can list me as being there. Other ex-Sunnites at Deloitte include:
    Mike Habeck
    Scott Radeztsky
    Bob Sokol
    Seth Siegel

    One other interesting ex-Sunnite move was recently made by Kristin Russell as she left Oracle to become the new CIO for the state of Colorado. [See: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/OIT-Main/CBON/1251588766488 ]

    1. And now (actually about a year ago, I think) Kristin Russell is with Deloitte Consulting! 8^)

  30. Hey Eduardo,
    We also have Dan Ingalls Jr (SunLabs) and Gilad Bracha here now, as well as Richard Probst from way back …

    best regards

    – Larry

    1. Didn’t know that Dan and Gilad had moved to SAP labs. Congrats to SAP.

      Say hi to Richard. I know him from way back at UC Berkeley.

      – eduard/o

  31. Wow – I’m really glad someone is following all of this. Good job, Pelegri!

    As of Dec 2009, Greg Baxter is @ IBM (ITSA Architecture)

    Regards –

  32. Great effort.
    I left Oracle in Dec and am now at Kaspersky Lab leading Digital Marketing for North America and Europe

  33. Spent 10 years at Sun – sure do miss it — am with Dell now – surprised by the culture (in a very positive manner)…other ex-Sun folks I know of public knowledge via Linkedin or Facebook…

    Geoff Davis – HP
    Jonathan Green – HP
    Pam Nicastro – Netapp
    Jim Aluotto – Vmware
    Jesse Singh – HP
    Steve Furtado – Vmware

  34. Eduardo,

    Larry got my whereabouts right.

    I am at Adobe. So are Hans Muller, Bill Maddox and Vincent Hardy.

    I believe Tim Lindholm is still at Google.

    Georges Saab is at Oracle.


  35. Ludo @Google now…So happy…many Sun old friends there. Surrounded with extreme geeks. Getting younger!

    1. Accepting comments but I have not done an update in a bit. Maybe I should do a 2-year retrospective.

      On congrats w/ the move to Red Hat! Do stay in touch!

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