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Sun Microsystems Inc. lost another key executive Wednesday when the company announced the departure of Patricia Sueltz, formerly executive vice president of Sun Services.

Sueltz, 51, left Sun for, where she will assume the position of president of marketing, technology and systems. Sueltz is scheduled to begin her tenure at Thursday, Sun officials said.

Sueltz was once considered a possible successor to Sun chief executive Scott McNealy, sources close to Sun said.

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