Ed Zander, the former president of Sun Microsystems, is returning to the corporate IT world as chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola.
Zander left Sun in 2002 after 15 years at the company to join Silver Lake Partners, a private-equity firm which specialises in financing technology companies. He will start his new role on 5 January. Zander will replace Christopher Galvin, who announced his retirement in September.
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Mike Zafirovski will remain as president and chief operating officer of Motorola. During a conference call Tuesday, Zafirovski expressed disappointment at not winning the position of chairman and CEO. While he said he will work alongside Zander initially, he would make no commitment about how long he will remain at Motorola.
John Pepper, director and chairman of the CEO search committee, said that Zander's experience, knowledge of the technology industry and his customer focus "matched perfectly with what we need".
Zander said he accepted the position after a great deal of "due diligence", because of Motorola's position in the world market, its products and people. "It's rare to be given a platform to make a true global impact," he added.
Gillian Law writes for IDG News Service