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Sanjay Poonen On Leaving VMware And New CEO Raghuram

Mark Haranas

VMware’s COO Sanjay Poonen talks to CRN about leaving the company Friday, new VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram, his message to channel partners and what the future holds for the technology visionary.

Sanjay Poonen Talks Exiting VMware, His Future And CEO Raghu Raghuram

VMware’s highly respected chief operating officer, Sanjay Poonen, has big plans in store for the future as he gets set to officially depart VMware Aug. 6 after elevating the company’s end-user computing business, security presence and overall multi-cloud go-to-market strategy over the past eight years.

“At this stage of my life, I still have a lot of gas in my tank to run something operationally, whether it’s a small or big company,” Poonen told CRN in an interview.

As Poonen says farewell to VMware, the industry veteran and IT superstar talks to CRN about what the future holds for him, the three VMware accomplishments he’s “most proud of,” his message to channel partners and VMware’s new CEO, Raghu Raghuram.

“We were partners in crime on many projects,” said Poonen regarding his relationship with Raghuram. “He and I were really big advocates to make a true VMware multi-cloud. So I’m a big fan of his and as another Indian-American I’m cheering avidly for his success.”

 
Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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