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Sanjay Poonen On Leaving VMware And New CEO Raghuram

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.

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You said you think you’ll land in some operational role. Do you hope to be the CEO of a company, are there any plans for that?

I don’t have anything to announce at this point in time. There are a number of companies who are interested in talking to me, but I’m taking my time to really think through what I want to do next and be picky and choosy. Like I said, I will be joining a Fortune 500 public company board this fall. But I’m not going to just be a board member and investor. 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. I’m just being thoughtful about the best strategic opportunities. I expect to be in some operational role sometime in the near future, but I’m not going to make any announcements immediately.

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