VMware appoints ex-EMC man its senior VP for Asia Pacific
By Digital News Asia September 25, 2013
- Sanjay Mirchandani brings 25 years of international experience; including 11 years in Asia Pacific
- To succeed Andrew Dutton, who will stay on to ensure smooth transition until end of year, then retire
VMware Inc has announced the appointment of Sanjay Mirchandani (pic) to the post of senior vice president and general manager to lead its Asia Pacific (including Japan) business, effective Oct 14, 2013.
Sanjay succeeds Andrew Dutton, who will continue to the unit until Oct 14, after which he will partner with Sanjay for the remainder of the year to facilitate a smooth transition of leadership.
Dutton plans to then retire after an extremely successful five years at VMware and a stellar 30-year career in IT, VMware said in a statement.
VMware has undergone significant expansion in Asia Pacific and today serves 55,000 customers. Its footprint in the region includes a workforce of approximately 3,700 employees throughout approximately 50 local offices, and a network of about 10,000 partners.
Globally, VMware reported US$1.24 billion in revenues for the second quarter of 2013, representing year-on-year growth of 11%.
“Sanjay Mirchandani is taking over at an exciting stage of VMware’s progress in [Asia Pacific], which is our fastest-growing geographical region,” said VMware president and chief operating officer Carl Eschenbach.
“A substantial opportunity lies ahead for VMware in this part of the world. Sanjay’s rich experience as an IT and business veteran – as well as his deep understanding of Asia Pacific markets – will build on the hugely successful contribution made by Andrew [Dutton].
“I would like to thank Andrew for his dedication and commitment to the region over the past five years,” he added.
Sanjay has 25 years of international business, IT and consultancy experience, including 11 years spent in Asia Pacific. He joins VMware from EMC, where he most recently served as executive vice president, global enterprise services, helping lead EMC’s rapid-growth market initiatives and engaging with global customers.
He joined EMC in 2006 and has played roles that have included CIO (chief information officer), aggressively leading the company’s IT organisation on a multi-year journey to 92% virtualisation and a state-of-the-art private cloud.
During the same timeframe, he was the chief operating officer of seven of EMC’s Global Centres of Excellence. Prior to that, as president of EMC’s emerging markets and International development, he championed global growth opportunities with a focus on rapidly-growing markets, VMware said.
Earlier in his career, Sanjay served as Microsoft’s regional vice president, Enterprise Services in Asia, working with the region’s largest customers and partners. He also held many other management positions at Microsoft that included president, Asia Pacific Region; president, South Asia; and managing director, India.
“I am delighted to take on the challenge of driving continued VMware growth in [Asia Pacific],” said Sanjay.
“Our top priority will be to help customer organisations transform their businesses on their journey to the era of IT-as-a-Service.
“I would like to thank the VMware [regional] team for excellent work in building a solid foundation. This positions us extremely well to develop our business further and capture the opportunity ahead.
“We are in great shape, and I look forward to leading the team to new heights in a region now regarded as one of VMware’s engines of growth,” he added.
Meanwhile, Dutton said: “Sanjay has all the experience and know-how needed to lead VMware into the huge opportunity that lies ahead in this exciting region. I am proud to have worked with a team that has demonstrated such talent, passion and determination to succeed.”
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