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VMware has revealed that three senior executives have chosen to leave the company. The three departed staff are Tom Gillis, Mark Lohmeyer and Ajay Patel. Gillis was senior vice president and general manager of VMware's networking and advanced security business group. Lohmeyer was vice president and general manager of the …

  1. Bebu Silver badge

    "...why three of their senior leaders decided they could do better elsewhere."

    Curious where this trio eventually wash up after their concerted jumping ship.

  2. TaabuTheCat


    "... top talent aligned with our multi-cloud and SaaS transformation objectives."

    Three of the wheels were wobbling so we took it for an alignment. Shame about those wheels, but problem solved! (I love corporate-speak.)

    1. Lil Endian Silver badge
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      Re: "Alignment"

      Yeah, it's good tracking the weasel words, gives balance :)

  3. JoeCool Silver badge

    Troubled phrasings ?

    There's a couple of lines I'm not getting

    VMware recently posted tepid growth of just one percent year on year – albeit at a time it introduced several major product releases, so customers had very good reason not to increase spending."

    Aren't major releases the drivers of increased spending, corporate holiday upgrade shopping ?

    "the virtual machine's days as the dominant way to package abstractions are over and it must therefore be relevant to the world of cloud-native applications and containers."

    Abstractons of what, specifically ? or does it mean there is no place on the cloud for VMs, in any capacity

    1. Nate Amsden

      Re: Troubled phrasings ?

      I'd expect most customers are on maintenance contracts so the new versions would be provided to them free as part of maintenance. At least that's how it works with ESXi and vCenter.

    2. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: Troubled phrasings ?

      Add to that: Four execs have been called off the bench to replace the departing staffers. Those departing were also executives and definitely not "staffers", the derivation of which suggests anything other than managers or leaders.

      1. Katahdin2
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        Re: Troubled phrasings ?

        As a longtime customer of VMware, since version 2.5, I have witness just in the last 10 days the departure from our account rep, training rep, and primary designated support engineer just to name a few. These were all long-term employees, so it not just these executives. Not a good outlook for this company.

  4. Sparkus

    as if.....

    the big-five cloud providers needed any further leverage on customers, Broadcom screwing the pooch re VMWare is just another nail in the colo / on-prem coffin.

    Were I a colo vendor, I'd be looking hard, very hard at alternatives to VMWare and get that offering in place before Broadcom follows through with what everyone knows is coming.........

    Same if I was a techie with a heavy career emphasis on VMWare products. Time to diversify........

  5. Potemkine! Silver badge

    It sounds like the signal for people working there "to search for new opportunities elsewhere", as the PR BS says.

    When many managers leave the boat, that's often because there's a big iceberg in front of it at an unsafe distance.

    == Bring us Dabbsy back! ==

  6. Rgen

    More will leave. No point staying when Broadcom comes knocking.

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