Maritz steps down as VMware boss

By Kevin McLaughlin on Jul 17, 2012 12:40 PM
Filed under Cloud

Replacement revealed.

Paul Maritz is out as VMware CEO after a four-year stint as the company's global boss.

CRN can reveal Maritz's replacement will be Pat Gelsinger, president and COO of EMC's Information Infrastructure Products division.

It is unclear if Maritz, who has led VMware since 2008, will be taking another position within EMC or leaving the company.

A VMware spokesperson declined to comment and EMC did not respond to a request for comment.

Both Maritz, who joined EMC in 2008 in its acquisition of software startup Pi Corp, and Gelsinger, who joined EMC in 2009 after a 30-year career at Intel, have been rumored to be in line to replace EMC CEO Joe Tucci if and when he decides to retire.

"Maritz's departure would definitely be a loss for VMware, but Gelsinger has a great track record as well," said an internal source.

Part of a larger plan?

VMware's CEO switch may be part of a larger corporate restructuring.

Reports have emerged that VMware is mulling a spin-off of certain cloud-centric parts of its business, including its Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service and assets from EMC Greenplum and Project Rubicon, a joint venture infrastructure-as-a-service involving VMware and EMC.

Tod Nielsen, co-president of VMware’s application platform business and Mark Lucovsky, vice president of engineering in charge of Cloud Foundry, are said to be in the running to lead the spun-off company, according to a GigaOm report.

Last week, EMC announced vice chairman William "Bill" Teuber is now a member of the Office of the Chairman, tasked with oversight of strategy and business development in emerging markets. Teuber will continue sponsoring EMC's largest accounts and will work with EMC to develop future executives.

EMC also promoted 27-year veteran sales executive Bill Scannell to president of global sales and customer operations, which was previously Teuber's role.

VMware is expected tp shed more light on the leadership change and rumored spin-off plans in its second quarter earnings July 23.

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