Peter Ryan is Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Services for Sun Microsystems and is responsible for driving Sun's growth and profitability. In this role, Ryan delivers a consistent, integrated and responsive customer experience through a unified worldwide sales and services organization. Ryan's 17,000-strong worldwide team, combined with Sun's partner community, represents one of the largest and experience-rich channels in the technology marketplace, spanning the globe in every industry, product category, and area of technical and business pursuit. Ryan joined Sun in 2006 and has previously served as Senior Vice President of Global Sales for the Americas Region and as Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Services in Europe, Middle East and Africa. During his 27 year career in IT, Ryan has performed a wide variety of roles from programmer to executive. Immediately prior to joining Sun, he was Chairman of three innovative, privately-owned technology companies focused on Marketing Automation, Supply Chain and Advanced Indexing and Search. His role in these companies encompassed all aspects of strategy, operations and corporate finance. He was previously part of the executive team at Aspect Development when it was acquired by i2 for $9.4B - a record transaction for a software company at the time. Prior to Aspect Development Ryan held a European Executive position within Parametric Technology. Ryan also spent 11 years at IBM starting as a Systems Engineer and reaching the EMEA executive ranks. His career was characterized by a desire to win in the marketplace, building great teams and producing stellar growth in all of the areas he managed. His early career was spent at the UK Home Office and ICL (now part of Fujitsu). Ryan attended the same Liverpool school as Paul McCartney and George Harrison (albeit, much later!) and is a passionate follower of the Everton Football Club.