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Here Are 5 People Who Could Be VMware’s New CEO

Here are five industry titans who could become the next CEO of VMware as the $12 billion company enters its third month without a permanent leader.

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Jim Whitehurst



Jim Whitehurst was the former president and CEO of Red Hat, a top leader in open source enterprise software, before IBM acquired Red Hat in July 2019 for a whopping $34 billion. It’s approaching two years now since Whitehurst joined IBM as president, responsible for IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software, and Corporate Strategy.

“You could say Jim has reached his peak at IBM. He’s been there now for a while since the Red Hat acquisition,” said Kerravala. “There’s logic to him becoming CEO of VMware with all that cloud knowledge he has.”

At Red Hat, Whitehurst grew its influence with key milestones including becoming the first $1 billion revenue open source software company in 2012. He grew revenue at Red Hat from $500 million in its 2008 fiscal year to $3.4 billion for its 2019 fiscal year before selling it to IBM. He also has vast expertise in business development, finance and global operations.

“Jim makes sense for VMware,” said Kerravala.

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