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The Top 10 VMware News Stories Of 2021 (So Far)

From soaring sales and acquisitions to major executive departures and a new CEO, here are the top ten biggest VMware news stories of 2021.

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10. Some Major VMware Departures In 2021

Before getting into the huge departure of VMware’s popular CEO Pat Gelsinger this year, it is key to note several top executives who also left VMware this year as the company shakes up its executive leadership team.

Ravi Kagalavadi was a longtime VMware top engineer and executive who left after a 17-year tenure as vice president of networking, security and automation solutions engineering. He was responsible for leading VMware’s engineering teams in the Americas around software-defined networking, security, storage, automation and management. Kagalavadi left to joined data analytics and automation specialist Alteryx.

Shekar Ayyar, a 14-year VMware veteran and former executive vice president and general manager for Telco and Edge Cloud, left this year. Ayyar led a global team focused on helping Communication Service Providers and customers modernize their network operations spanning from the core to the edge. Ayyar left VMware to lead a newly formed special purpose acquisition company AdMY Technologies.

Ajay Singh was senior vice president and general manager of VMware’s Cloud Management business unit, which includes vRealize and vCloud product suites, for six years. He helped scale VMware’s worldwide Cloud Management business from $1 billion to more than $2.1 billion over his tenure. Singh left this year to join Pure Store.

In December, VMware’s cloud visionary Rajiv Ramaswami left to lead rival Nutanix as its new CEO.

And finally, Sanjay Poonen – who many believed would become VMware’s new CEO after Gelsinger – is set to leave the company in August. Poonen, VMware’s chief operating officer of customer operations, has been with VMware for eight years and oversees all of VMware’s sale, alliances and customer operations.

VMware’s executive leadership team has been reshaped in 2021.

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