August 23, 2014

Will Sun’s Jonathan Schwartz Be the First Fortune 500 CEO Blogger?

Posted by: of BlogWrite for CEOs on 04/25/06

UPDATE: The answer appears to be yes! Several hours after I wrote the entry below, Jonathan posted When I First Met Scott… A nice story about meeting retiring CEO Scott McNealy for the first time in 1992 or ’93. Followed by a riff on Sun’s mantra, “The network is the computer.” Go Jonathan! Hope you can keep it up.

Darn, it doesn’t look like it so far. Following yesterday’s news that Sun’s founding CEO, Scott McNealy, is stepping down – to be replaced by COO Jonathan Schwartz – I skipped over to Jonathan’s blog at

As of this morning, the latest entry is a week old, dated April 18, 2006, and talks about meeting Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva – and how cool that is.

I fact, Jonathan links back to a blog post he made on June 16, 2005 where he notes that “it’s cool to sit with a head of state, or a head of a corporation, or a CIO with an IT department bigger than Sun’s entire employee base.”

I quote that entry in The Corporate Blogging Book. It struck me as guilelessly transparent and a reason we love to read senior exec blogs – to find out what they’re really thinking.

So Jonathan… are you going to give up blogging? Do tell!

UPDATE: I emailed Noel Hartzell, Jonathan’s chief communications guy, to ask what was up with Jonathan’s blog. He just emailed back, writing:

stay tuned… ;-)

So maybe Jonathan’s will be the first blog by a Fortune 500 CEO?

4 comments for Will Sun’s Jonathan Schwartz Be the First Fortune 500 CEO Blogger? »

  1. [...] Will Jonathan Schwartz be the first Fortune 500 CEO blogger? asks Debbie Weil. [...]

    Pingback by Blogging the shift in power at Sun at — April 25, 2006 @ 11:26 am

  2. [...] Debbie Weil wonders if Sun blogger Jonathan Schwartz, who is taking over Sun’s CEO spot after Scott McNealy stepped down, will be the first CEO Blogger at a Fortune 500 company. [...]

    Pingback by » Blog Archive » The First Fortune 500 CEO Blogger — April 25, 2006 @ 5:57 pm

  3. [...] Really, too much is being made in the blogosphere about Schwartz being the first big CEO blogger when it’s really not that significant. [...]

    Pingback by Investor Relations Blog :: Sun’s CEO blogs and my unpregnant dog had puppies :: April :: 2006 — April 26, 2006 @ 12:58 pm

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