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VMware names Raghu Raghuram as new CEO

The VMware veteran will take charge in June as the cloud firm plans for life without Dell

VMware's new CEO Rangarajan "Raghu" Raghuram

VMware has promoted executive VP and COO Rangarajan "Raghu" Raghuram as its new CEO, with the change taking effect at the beginning of June.

Raghuram replaces current CEO Zane Rowe, who took over as  "interim" CEO while the firm searched for a long term successor for Pat Gelsinger.

A number of analysts predicted a new CEO would come from within the company, with chief operating officer Sanjay Poonen thought to be the most likely candidate. However, Raghuram's promotion came with the news that Poonen had decided to leave the company after seven years.

Raghuram is an 18-year veteran of VMware and is currently in charge of its products and cloud services. He was part of the team that helped to develop its core virtualisation business and since 2003 and is said to have played a "pivotal" role in the company's mergers and acquisitions strategy and a key driver of its partnerships with Dell Technologies.

"Congratulations to my good friend @RaghuRaghuram on your well-deserved promotion to CEO. With his tenure of 18 years at VMware, Raghu is practically a founder. I know he will take the company to new heights in the years to come, I am cheering on," Poonen posted on Twitter.

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As CEO, Raghuram will be tasked with leading VMware as it is spun off from Dell Technologies. The latter has an 81% stake in the cloud company but plans to separate in order to generate more revenue and ultimately reduce its debts.

"I am thrilled to have Raghu step into the role of CEO at VMware," Micheal Dell, chairman of the VMware Board of Directors, said. "Throughout his career, he has led with integrity and conviction, playing an instrumental role in the success of VMware. Raghu is now in position to architect VMware's future, helping customers and partners accelerate their digital businesses in this multi-cloud world."

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