Josh Simons, CEO Sun Microsystems
By Josh Simons on Jun 24, 2008
I received a phone call yesterday morning from a firm claiming to be preparing a plaque recognizing Sun's selection as one of the 20 best large companies to work for in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal. They wanted to send a mock-up of the plaque to me for my approval. A weird request to make of a random engineer in a 30K+ person company. Figuring this was some sort of headhunter scam to extract additional information from me, I asked how they had found my name and phone number. Whereupon she asked, "Aren't you the CEO?" I responded by giving her Sun's main phone number in Burlington and suggested she call there for help.
I had a good laugh about this with Eric, the engineer in the office next to mine. As it happens, Eric's office is across from our mailstop. While talking with him, I was idly sorting through my mail when I came across a piece with this mailing label:
The sender of this letter has nothing whatsoever to do with the firm that had just called me about the plaque. Oh boy. I have no idea how this happened and I can't imagine what kinds of mailings, phone calls, and invitations I'll now receive as a result. Jonathan, see you in Davos?