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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.

Do you see yourself working with channel partners in your next job?

I’m going to help them in whatever role I do next. I mean, if you stay in the tech sector, you’re going to be intersecting with these same people over and over again. Some of them retire, or get promoted, and then you meet their successors. Whether it’s an Amazon or Accenture, or WWT and all the others— they’re all key players for the future of the tech industry.

I fully expect to be staying in touch with all of them. And remember, it’s all about helping them. Look, I’ve always believed the world is a better place when you’re a giver rather than a taker. And I’ve always wanted to live my life to help the channel be successful.

 
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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