Thomas Volk, most recently in charge of HP's manufacturing industry business unit, will lead Sybase's new infrastructure platform group, reporting to Sybase chairman, president and chief executive officer John Chen.
The new group includes Sybase's existing business intelligence, e-business and enterprise solutions divisions, which make products including Java development tools, data analysis programs and software for tying together existing applications.
The group will provide a "combined product focus designed to enhance Sybase's market position among the leading enterprise infrastructure providers", the statement said.
Like its larger rivals Oracle, IBM and Microsoft, Sybase has been trying hard to emphasise its non-database products as a way of broadening its revenue base and attracting new customers.
Volk's tasks will include managing the new group's operations, identify new business opportunities and develop alternative channels to complement Sybase's direct sales force.