VMware hires mobile, big data exec from SAP
Sanjay Poonen joins as general manager for end-user computing business
VMware's quest to diversify beyond server virtualisation continues with the vendor looking for another big score with end-user computing or software that connects enterprise apps and data with employees' notebooks and mobile devices.
The server virtualisation solutions vendor has appointed Sanjay Poonen, a 7-year SAP veteran who's been leading that company's big data analytics and mobility efforts, to lead its end-user computing unit.
Poonen's hiring, is important because it shows VMware is still committed to end-user computing, despite a steady stream of executive departures over the past year and the sell-off of pieces like Zimbra and SlideRocket.
"Sanjay brings a wealth of software industry experience that will be key to VMware's success as we drive further growth in our end-user computing business," said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware. "As VMware continues its strategic focus on the software-defined data centre, hybrid cloud and end-user computing, we continue to strengthen our executive bench. We believe Sanjay is a distinguished leader whose expertise will be invaluable as we continue delivering the products and solutions customers need to enable a more secure and mobile workforce."
During his 20-year career in the technology industry, Poonen has held a variety of management roles in engineering, products, sales, marketing and business development. Most recently, Poonen was president and corporate officer of Platform Solutions and the Mobile Division at SAP AG.
"VMware is well positioned to help customers thrive in the era of mobile, social and cloud computing," said Poonen. "VMware has made tremendous progress in helping customers connect end-users to their data, applications, content and desktops with enterprise-class control and security. I am excited to join the VMware team at this critical time in the industry to help accelerate our momentum in end-user computing."