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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.

Can you talk about leaving VMware and what’s next?

Over the last two months, I’ve been helping Raghu and the VMware team with whatever help they needed. I wrap up this Friday.

Going forward, I’ve got a few things brewing. I’m not ready to announce officially what I will do next, but I am going to join a Fortune 500 public company board that will be announced this fall. A few CEOs of some larger companies have reached out to me for my consulting help because with my background at SAP and VMware, I have a fair amount of expertise in both apps and infrastructure. Then I’m spending some time helping some younger entrepreneurs. I’ve always believed it’s more blessed to give than to receive. So it’s been a privilege to help a few entrepreneurs in a variety of industries. I’m talking outside core enterprise tech, I mean, B2C [business to consumer]. For example, I’ve got one entrepreneur that’s working on non-fungible tokens, which are based on blockchain technology. There are a few great ideas I am considering investing in too. So, the opportunity landscape is large.

At some point in time, I do expect to be in an operational role someplace, but I’m taking my time to figure out what I will do next and, of course, enjoying the extra time with my family and kids.

 
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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