Jonathan Schwartz, the CEO of Sun Microsystems, has announced his resignation from the company over the social media service Twitter, becoming the first CEO of a major corporation to announce his resignation via micro-blogging giant Twitter.
According to the New York Times, Schwartz also became the first ever Fortune 500 executive to use Twitter as a means to announce his resignation. Schwartz tweeted that “Today's my last day at Sun. I'll miss it. Seems only fitting to end on a #haiku. Financial crisis/Stalled too many customers/CEO no more.”
Schwartz had joined Sun Microsystems as CEO in 2006, replacing Scott McNealy and has been instrumental in Sun’s attempt to expand according to the changing industry scenarios.
Jonathan Schwartz also headed the campaign against Oracle in order to put an end to the acquisition deal that had threatened the fate MySQL open source offering from Sun. The former Sun CEO is also a big-time promoter of Web 2.0 and was one of the first CEO to use blogs in order to communicate directly to the masses.
However, it is still not clear whether Schwartz chose to leave Sun after its acquisition by Oracle was confirmed or whether he was forced to leave by the new owners of the company.