VMware CEO Gelsinger 'Categorically' Denies He's Leaving, Says Michael Dell Wants Him To Stay


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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said at a technology conference Wednesday that he intends to continue leading the virtualization vendor after Dell closes its $67 billion acquisition of parent company EMC
 
During an appearance at the Jeffries Technology Conference in Miami, Gelsinger was asked to respond to CRN's report Tuesday that he's planning to leave VMware once the Dell-EMC deal is finalized, which is expected to happen by October. 
 
"I categorically deny it, EMC categorically denies it, and Dell categorically denies it. So there's absolutely no merit or substance to the rumor whatsoever," Gelsinger said of CRN's report. 
 
 
Gelsinger also said Dell CEO Michael Dell wants him to continue on as VMware CEO, a post he has held since 2012. "My intention is to stay here, and Michael's intention is that I stay here," Gelsinger said at the event. 
 
CRN reached out to Dell to confirm Gelsinger's assertions, but a spokesman for the Round Rock, Texas-based vendor declined comment. VMware and EMC spokespeople had no additional comment. 
 
Sources told CRN earlier this week that the search for Gelsinger's replacement is under way. One candidate being considered is Tony Bates, a former Microsoft executive who's currently president of videocamera vendor GoPro, and who joined VMware's board in February.
 
Several senior software executives from Dell and EMC are also in the running, a source familiar with the search told CRN. 
 
A high-level EMC source told CRN on Tuesday that Gelsinger was responsible for VMware's struggles in the hybrid cloud market and hasn't played a cooperative role in EMC's federation of subsidiary companies, which includes VMware, RSA, Pivotal, VCE and Virtustream.
 
"Our success is predicated on people working together -- not apart from one another. Whether it is Virtustream or Pivotal, we need to work together. Pat is not an easy guy to work with. Pat likes to do what Pat likes," said the EMC source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. 
 
The EMC source also said the feeling inside Dell Technologies and EMC is that Gelsinger is not collaborating with the rest of the technology team. 
 
"The goal of Dell Technologies is to work closer as a team," said the EMC source. "I don't know if Pat is completely on board with that model."
 
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