VMworld: Martiz upbeat on VMware despite management upheavals


VMworld: Martiz upbeat on VMware despite management upheavals

Warwick Ashford

VMware's newly appointed chief executive officer gave an upbeat assessment of the company's future following a series of leadership changes and management upheavals, at VMworld in Las Vegas.

Unveiling the company's technology roadmap, Paul Maritz, who is also company president, replaced Diane Greene, one of the VMware's founders, as chief executive after she was forced out by the board in July.

Greene's husband, VMware co-founder and company chief scientist Mendel Rosenblum, announced his resignation just a week before the start of the VMworld event.

Just weeks before, executive Richard Sarwal left to join Oracle less than a year after joining VMware as research head.

Maritz told journalists at VMworld that any leadership change introduces a certain amount of angst in an organisation, but he expects this to pass quickly now that the roadmap has been unveiled.

"I believe the people we have at VMware respond to environments where they have deep and meaningful challenges to work on," he said.

Maritz said he intented to ensure staff had an environment they felt comfortable working in, which would not only help retain skills but also attract new talent that would be needed in future.

There has been speculation about how the change in leadership will affect the rank and file employees at VMware.

Only two of the company's five founders remain after Greene and Rosenblum's departure. Former chief technology officer Edouard Bugnion left in 2004.

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