SAN FRANCISCO—Andy Lark is stepping down after three years as vice president of global communications for Sun Microsystems. He will be replaced by Ingrid van den Hoogen, who was most recently vice president, brand experience and community marketing, and previously senior director of strategic marketing for Sun’s software division.
Van den Hoogen is one of several former software executives to receive promotions since Jonathan Schwartz was elevated from executive vice president of software to president of the company in April of 2004.
Lark made the announcement of his departure via his personal blog, telling his readers he had spent “three incredible years at Sun” and adding, “When I joined the Company I was handed a huge challenge and together with the team we stepped up to it. All of them… can take a lot of credit for helping all those connected to Sun understand that the turnaround is afoot and that Sun is back…. I am immensely proud of all we’ve done together and the perceptual change we’ve been able to drive in the market.”
Lark had been head of corporate marketing and communications for Nortel Networks and the company’s chief marketing officer for the Asia-Pacific region, and before that was senior vice president and partner at Fleishman-Hillard, Sun’s PR firm.
Van den Hoogen joined Sun in 1987 in sales, developing demos for the visitor center.