Executive Vice President and General Manager, Telco and Edge Cloud

As head of VMware’s Telco and Edge Cloud business, Ayyar leads a global team focused on helping Communication Service Providers modernize their network operations spanning Core, Edge and Access. Leveraging the agility and security of VMware’s telco and edge cloud platforms, Ayyar and team enable customers to deliver 5G-enabled enterprise and consumer services.


Ayyar previously led the company’s strategy and corporate development efforts including incubating the telco Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) business and making key platform acquisitions including Nicira, AirWatch, VeloCloud and Heptio.


With more than 20 years of leadership experience in software, communications and semiconductors, Ayyar has held management roles at multiple companies including Lucent and McKinsey. He has a PhD in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins, an MBA from Wharton where he was a Palmer Scholar, and an Engineering degree from IIT, Mumbai. Ayyar serves on the boards of several tech companies and philanthropic organizations including Room to Read.

Shekar Ayyar