Greg Lavender joined VMware in January 2018 and currently serves as senior vice president and chief technology officer. His main focus area is to ensure VMware’s long-term technology leadership through research and innovation programs, with the primary goal of positively impacting and shaping the future of VMware, its ecosystem and its customers.
Lavender has over 35 years of experience in software and hardware product engineering and advanced R&D in industry research labs and academia. Before joining VMware, he was managing director and CTO for Cloud Architecture and Technology Engineering at Citigroup, where he led the global transformation of Citi IT to adopt modern mobile technology, cloud IaaS & PaaS, big data & advanced analytics, high performance computing, and agile software development models. Prior to Citi, Lavender was corporate vice president of Network Software Engineering at Cisco, where he led network operating system engineering and platform independent protocol engineering for both enterprise and data center switching and routing products, including the next generation virtualized multi-core network operating system for software-defined networking. Prior to Cisco, he worked at Sun Microsystems in various engineering leadership roles, including VP of Engineering for the Solaris Operating System.
Lavender holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Science and PhD in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.