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For instance, Pat Gelsinger, who during his tenure as COO and president of EMC's Information Infrastructure Products division was often considered to be a potential successor to Tucci, this month took over as CEO of VMware, which is majority owned by EMC. His predecessor at VMware, Paul Maritz, meanwhile, took the position of chief strategist at EMC.
This Summer also saw long-term EMC CFO David Goulden become the company's president and COO; President and COO of Information Infrastructure Services Howard Elias took over EMC's solutions group and EMC's corporate shared services; and CMO Jeremy Burton got promoted to executive vice president of product operations and marketing.
Other recent major executive changes include the appointment of Vice Chairman William "Bill" Teuber to the Office of the Chairman and the promotion of 27-year EMC veteran sales exec Bill Scannell to the position of president of global sales and customer operations.
The next two years at EMC will be transformational as the company continues to develop a well-rounded executive team, especially given those executive shuffles, which will make EMC stronger going forward, ICI's Shepard said.
"Tucci brought a lot into EMC," he said. "And he has grown a lot. He had a great crop of people to choose from. But his own people didn't want him to leave, so he rearranged his top people to make them more rounded. They were all great moves."
EMC declined to comment.