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VMware Appoints Shekar Ayyar and Sanjay Mirchandani to Corporate Senior Vice President

February 11
12:26 2015

PALO ALTO, CA — VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced that it has appointed Shekar Ayyar and Sanjay Mirchandani to serve as corporate senior vice presidents, effective immediately. Both report to VMware’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Carl Eschenbach.

Ayyar joined VMware in June 2007 and leads the company’s strategic and corporate development efforts. In this role, Ayyar is responsible for aligning strategy and long-term planning across VMware businesses as well as managing the company’s mergers and acquisitions, and strategic investments. Under his leadership, the company has executed on over 30 acquisition and investment transactions, including Nicira and Airwatch, both of which are key ingredients to VMware’s strategy. Prior to joining VMware, Ayyar held senior roles at BindView, Instantis and Lucent, spanning product management, marketing, and business development, and was also a consultant with McKinsey.

With his new appointment, Ayyar will also lead the development of a Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) vertical market team within VMware. As the pioneer in virtualization, VMware is engaging with CTOs and CIOs to deliver a program designed to help the telecommunications industry accelerate innovation and launch new services faster, easier and with less expense through virtualization of telecommunications core networks and network functions.

Mirchandani joined VMware in October 2013 and leads the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region, bringing more than 25 years of international business, IT and consultancy experience to the company. He is responsible for driving growth and developing strategic business plans and relationships across APJ. Prior to joining VMware, Sanjay spent seven years at EMC, where he was most recently EVP of Global Enterprise Services. Also at EMC, he was CIO of the company and COO of their Global Centers of Excellence. He has also held senior roles at Microsoft.

“VMware is dedicated to agressively driving a comprehensive growth strategy,” Carl Eschenbach, president and chief operating officer, VMware. “With Shekar’s strategic background that has enabled VMware to identify the right inorganic innovations that complement VMware’s organic growth, and Sanjay’s track record of delivering strong results in the Asia Pacific and Japan region, they are both uniquely qualified to help accelerate VMware’s growth into the future.”

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VMware is a leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility. Built on VMware’s industry-leading virtualization technology, our solutions deliver a brave new model of IT that is fluid, instant and more secure. Customers can innovate faster by rapidly developing, automatically delivering and more safely consuming any application. With 2014 revenues of $6 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at

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