9. VMware Picks A President
Although there was a slew of top VMware executives who departed this year, VMware has a deep bench and a global reach in terms of acquiring new talent.
One of VMware’s largest executive moves in years came with selecting Sumit Dhawan (pictured) as its President. Dhawan is now responsible for worldwide sales, customer experience and success, VMware’s worldwide partner and commercial organization, as well as leading the company’s go-to-market functions.
Sumit previously served for one-year as VMware’s chief customer experience officer, managing global teams responsible for professional services, technical support and customer success. He also served as the general manager of VMware’s End-User Computing business from 2013 to 2018, establishing VMware’s strategy in mobile and unified endpoint management and desktop virtualization. He did a brief two-year stint as CEO of Instart, a web application performance and security services startup, in 2018 before rejoining VMware in 2020.
Another key hire this year was Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s former Canadian President Paula Hodgins. Hodgins is now senior vice president of global accounts and Telco, responsible for VMware’s largest and most strategic global customers, following a two-year stint at HPE and a 13-year career at Microsoft. VMware also recently hired Bank of America executive Jennifer Manry as vice president of VMware’s Financial Services Global Industries Group.