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Dheeraj Pandey On New Nutanix CEO And If The Company Will Go Private

“I started to look at what happened at Microsoft, or at Google or at Twitter, where you needed fresh talent to come in and lead the business,” said Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey.

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You seem to be the type of leader who could do a lot with $750 million. Why are you leaving now?

When you have this maniacal focus and energy to really bring ideas to life, it takes a toll. It really takes a toll on you, your family and people close by. The pandemic was hard on all of us. Children are sheltered in place, they’re still being homeschooled on Zoom. There’s a lot going on with families. I figure there’s no better time for a succession plan and really focus on things that really matter. I look forward to spending more time with my kids, my family and my wife. And just having the space and flexibility to read and write.

Obviously, I’m going to continue to lead the board and management team until a successor is appointed. It’s very important to make sure the baton is passed to the right person. We’re going to take the time to find the correct person. All in all, I think there’s no better time to leave on a high. It’s been 11 years. One of those things I look at is that the company is so well-positioned right now. Not just from the last years’ results, but also from where we’re heading as a hybrid cloud infrastructure company. When I look back, there was a ton of soul searching. COVID changes everything. The way it has changed my personal relationships, it’s very important that I focus on things that matter.

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