EMC Australia appoints new boss

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EMC Australia appoints new boss
Alistair Dias.

EMC Australia has appointed a new country manager after a month-long search.

The company has been looking for a new local boss since former A/NZ managing director David Webster was promoted to president for Asia-Pacific in June.

Former EMC New Zealand country manager Alister Dias will assume the role. Dias will also be responsible for sales and channel partners across Australia and New Zealand.

The move is part of a global restructure at EMC and subsidiary VMware, which has seen VMware CEO Paul Maritz step down from his position to make way for former EMC Information Infrastructure Products division COO Pat Gelsinger, as revealed by CRN.

Gelsinger joined EMC in 2009 after a 30 year career with chip behemoth Intel.

EMC did not respond to CRN's request for comment by the time of publication.

Both Maritz and Gelsinger were rumoured to be in line to replace EMC CEO Joe Tucci upon his imminent retirement. 

The CEO switch and local appointment appear to be part of a company-wide restructure.

Reports have emerged that VMware is considering spinning off certain parts of its business, including its Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service offering, assets from EMC Greenplum, as well as Project Rubicon, a joint IaaS venture with EMC.

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

VMware is expected to comment on the leadership change and rumored spin-off plans in its second quarter earnings July 23.

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