Former MySQL head leaves Sun

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489px-MySQL.svgThe leader of the open-source database group, MySQL, has announced his resignation from Sun Microsystems, and has said that he will be leaving the company at the end of March. The MySQL database group is one of the fastest-growing businesses at Sun.

Marten Mickos, who was chief executive at MySQL AB before being bought by Sun, will leave current role as senior vice president. He explained in a letter sent to other employees, β€œIt’s a personal decision that I made without anyone influencing me one way or the other (except perhaps my wife).”

β€œI feel that together we have accomplished the task set by the owners in 2001, and I am now stepping aside to let the strong managers of the group take over and continue the ambitious business ramp-up,” he added.

His resignation comes as the two co-founders of MySQL, Monty Widenius and David Axmark, announced their resignations as well.

Sun has also announced that it would be combining its database group with its software infrastructure unit to form a unified open-source product group that will be led by Karen Tegan Padir, who will become the vice president of MySQL and software infrastructure.