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Sun appoints new CIO as Vass moves up

Tash Shifrin

Sun Microsystems has appointed a new chief information officer as Bill Vass moves to become president and chief operating officer of Sun Federal, the unit set up to target US government business.

Vass will be replaced as CIO by Robert Worrall, who worked under him as vice-president of IT. John Marselle, former chief operating officer at Sun Federal, is to retire after 20 years at Sun.

Before moving to Sun in 2001, Vass worked in the US government sector, most notably as a director at the US Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he was responsible for the IT strategy deployment and execution for three sectors of the Department of Defense IT infrastructure.

Sun Federal has also appointed Anthony Robbins as vice-president Federal sales. He comes to Sun from SGI, where he was senior vice-president of worldwide sales.

Vass and Robbins will join Scott McNealy, chairman of Sun Federal, who stepped down as chief executive of Sun Microsystems in April after the struggling firm posted the latest in a series of quarterly losses.

In July Sun posted another $301m (£172m) quarterly loss, with the company taking a $228m charge to cover restructuring costs linked to the axing of up to 5,000 jobs.


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