Nutanix CEO And VMware’s New CEO Worked Together Just Last Year
One of the biggest news stories of 2021 has been the leadership changes at Nutanix and VMware as both software stars having recently selected new CEOs to lead the companies into the future. In fact, VMware’s soon-to-be CEO Raghu Raghuram (pictured above) took over Rajiv Ramaswami’s position at VMware after Ramaswami left to become Nutanix CEO in late 2020.
Nutanix CEO Ramaswami and VMware’s new CEO Raghu Raghuram both worked in top executive positions at VMware for four years together from 2016 to late 2020.
Ramaswami was VMware’s global chief operating officer for Products and Cloud Services during his four-year tenure at the company before leaving to head Nutanix in December. When Ramaswami left, Raghuram took over VMware’s products and cloud services team while also continuing in his role as executive vice president at the time.
The software vision for both Nutanix and VMware are similar: keep forming deep strategic partnerships with the public cloud providers to become the market leader in multi-cloud computing while driving software-as-a-service (SaaS) and subscription sales as fast as possible. In 2021, both Nutanix and VMware now have CEOs who are top-notch technologists and hungry to show what their made of.
Nutanix earnings listeners should watch for Ramaswami mentioning VMware’s decision to hire longtime VMware veteran Raghuram as CEO, as well as any comments on competition with his former colleague.