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Pat Gelsinger And 3 VMware Execs Who Recently Jumped Ship

Here are the four biggest VMware executives, including CEO Pat Gelsinger, who have recently left the virtualization and software superstar.

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Pat Gelsinger

Left To Become: CEO of Intel

Replaced By: Interim CEO Zane Rowe

After eight and a half years of bolstering sales and reinventing VMware innovation strategy, CEO Pat Gelsinger is jumping ship to become CEO of Intel.

During his tenure, Gelsinger nearly tripled VMware’s annual sales to nearly $12 billion, doubled the size of the company and led the company through several major transformation, while at the same time being voted the best CEO in America.

“It has been the honor of my lifetime to serve as the CEO of VMware,” said Gelsinger in a statement last week. “We have transformed the global technology landscape for the better, and I am confident that the company will continue to excel as they enable customers with the digital foundation for an unpredictable world.”

Gelsinger worked at Intel in the beginning of his IT career from 1979 to 2009, holding several top executive roles, including being appointed as the company’s first-ever chief technology officer in 2000. “I am thrilled to rejoin and lead Intel forward at this important time for the company, our industry and our nation,” Gelsinger said. “Having begun my career at Intel and learned at the feet of Grove, Noyce and Moore, it’s my privilege and honor to return in this leadership capacity.”

Gelsinger will become CEO of Intel effective Feb. 15, 2021.

VMware’s CFO Zane Rowe has been appointed interim CEO of VMware as the company’s board is leading a global executive search to find a new, permanent CEO.

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