VMware Layoffs: 4 Top Execs Are Leaving, Including VP Of Operations

As VMware layoffs continue this week, several vice presidents are heading for the door as well as its global chief customer officer, CRN has confirmed.


VMware has confirmed to CRN that several top executives are leaving the company amidst its annual “workforce rebalancing” as hundreds of employees have been let go this week.

VMware’s global chief customer officer, Scott Bajtos, is leaving the company after 11 years. Bajtos oversees VMware’s global services team which includes customer success, technical support, professional services support and customer advocacy.

It appears the Palo Alto, Calif.-based virtualization star has let go of several top members from its services and customer-focused teams including Alexa Erjavic, senior director of global services strategy for VMware.

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On the customer-focused front, Mark Ritacco, vice president of operations and customer intelligence, is leaving VMware after a decade with the company. Additionally, Kate Woodcock, VMware’s vice president of customer advocacy, will be departing the company after a nearly eight-year stint at VMware, according to her LinkedIn profile. The news of the VMware executives leaving was first reported by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

This week, VMware laid off a “limited number” of employees as part of the company’s annual worldwide reorganization, VMware said in a statement to CRN.

“This is a part of regular workforce rebalancing that ensures resources across VMware’s global businesses and geographies are aligned with strategic objectives and customer needs,” said VMware. “We have an active employee support program to ensure, where possible, impacted employees will be redeployed to open roles within VMware.”

VMware declined to disclose the specific number or percentage of VMware employees being affected.

Sources told CRN the layoffs included several hundred employees on a global basis. VMware employs more than 24,500 people although the company has gone on an acquisition tear over the past 12 months.

VMware told CRN that even with the layoffs this week, the company’s headcount continues to grow.

“There are significantly more openings than the number of positions impacted this month. There are currently over 1,250 openings listed on VMware.com’s career page,” said VMware. “We continue to recruit in areas of strategic importance for the company.”

VMware has a market cap of nearly $62 billion. Its stock price hasn’t changed significantly this week and is currently trading at $150.44 per share as of Thursday afternoon.