Baratz to leave Sun

Alan Baratz is leaving Sun Microsystems in a couple of weeks to join the private-equity investment firm Warburg, Pincus & Co as a managing director.

Sun announced Baratz's upcoming departure in a two-paragraph statement yesterday that made no mention of his new job. Warburg, Pincus & Co., based in New York, announced that Baratz will be part of their Information Technology Team.

Baratz, 44, is president of Sun's recently formed Software Products and Platforms division, including Solaris, Java, Jini and developer tools, as well as the company's developer relations program. Before that, Baratz was president of the Java Software division. Jon Kannegaard, Java vice president and general manager, will take over as acting division president while the company searches for a replacement for Baratz, Sun said.

Baratz has master's and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science at the University of California at Los Angeles.

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