VMware COO Sanjay Poonen resigned as it names Raghu Raghuram as CEO

Enterprise software major VMware announced the appointment of Raghu Raghuram as its new Chief Executive Officer.
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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger earlier joined Intel. VMware COO Sanjay Poonen is also leaving the company.

VMware also appointed Sumit Dhawan, currently serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, as President who will lead all go-to-market functions including sales, partner and commercial organisation, customer experience and success (CXS), marketing, and communications.

Since joining VMware in 2003, Raghu Raghuram has helped steer the company’s strategic direction and its technology evolution throughout VMware’s rich history.

He helped grow the core virtualisation business, drove VMware’s software defined data centre strategy, constructed and guided VMware’s cloud computing business and SaaS transformation efforts, played a pivotal role in the M&A strategy, and has been key in driving partnerships with Dell Technologies, hyper-scalers and other strategic partners.

Sanjay Poonen, currently Chief Operating Officer, Customer Operations, has made the personal decision to leave VMware after seven years at the company.

Dell Technologies last month announced to spin out VMware — a move that will generate more than $9 billion for the company that acquired VMware as part of the $58 billion EMC acquisition (announced as $67 billion) in 2015.

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