RUMOURS have been swirling in San Francisco that virtualisation darling VMware is set to part ways with its CEO Paul Maritz, with one-time Intel golden boy Pat Gelsinger in the frame.
The INQUIRER's reporter in San Francisco was tipped off that Maritz is on the way out of VMware, four years after joining the firm. If Maritz leaving isn't interesting enough, the rumours surrounding Gelsinger taking his place mark a very roundabout path to a CEO job for someone who was for many years Intel's most visible executive.
Gelsinger spent the best part of 30 years at Intel, rising up through the company to become its CTO and GM of its Digital Enterprise Group. The general consensus was that Gelsinger would eventually become Intel's CEO and his track record at the firm suggested nothing would stand in the way until Gelsinger announced he would be leaving Intel to take up the post of president and COO at storage vendor EMC.
However Gelsinger is widely known to covet a CEO position and should such a position become available at VMware, it is not surprising to hear Gelsinger's name attached to the opportunity.
VMware told us it was unavailable to comment on rumour and speculation. µ
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