Novell announced Friday that a Sun Microsystems executive has joined the company as vice president of strategic businesses and will report directly to Novell chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt.

Mike Sheridan is one of the three original members of the Sun Microsystems "Green Project" that created Java, a burgeoning networking and Internet programming language. Sheridan and Schmidt worked together at Sun on Java strategy, Novell said.Sheridan will work with Novell's business development and product teams to develop new business opportunities based on Java, NDS (Novell's directory service) and other network services.