Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development

Shekar Ayyar joined VMware in June 2007 and leads the company's strategy and corporate development efforts, bringing more than 15 years of senior leadership experience in enterprise software, communications and semiconductors. Ayyar is responsible for aligning strategy and long-term planning across VMware businesses as well as managing the company's mergers and acquisitions, and strategic investments. Ayyar previously served as the company's vice president of alliances.

Prior to joining VMware, Ayyar held senior roles at BindView, Instantis and Lucent, spanning product management, marketing, and business development, and was also a consultant with McKinsey. Ayyar earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and MBA from the Wharton School where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar. He earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.

Shekar Ayyar