PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 8, 2014 – VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced the appointment of Ben Fathi to the role of chief technology officer. Fathi most recently served as senior vice president, R&D, at VMware and has been with the company since 2012. Fathi brings experience managing large global teams and delivering innovation, with a focus on customer needs and product quality. This appointment is effective immediately and Fathi will report to Pat Gelsinger, VMware chief executive officer.
“As we continue to simplify IT complexity across the entire datacenter for our customers, we depend on technology leaders, such as Ben Fathi, to deliver a focus on innovation combined with a proven track record of delivering high-quality products,” commented Gelsinger. “I am pleased and excited to have Ben serve as VMware’s CTO where he will lead innovative product development and programs, collaborate with the academic community and provide leadership across our R&D community for years to come.”
Fathi has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, with an expertise in developing operating system software. In his prior role at VMware as senior vice president, R&D, Fathi led teams responsible for core VMware products and product innovations that achieved new levels of scale, performance and reliability
Prior to joining VMware, Fathi served as a senior vice president at Cisco leading the operating systems and networking protocol teams. Prior to Cisco, he held multiple roles at Microsoft over 12 years, most recently as corporate vice president of development for the Windows core operating system division.
Fathi holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Computer Science, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts.
Fathi succeeds Steve Herrod who served as VMware’s chief technology officer from 2008-2013.
VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2012 revenues of $4.61 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 55,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.