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VMware’s Cloud, Engineering ‘Guru’ Kit Colbert Named New CTO

VMware appoints Kit Colbert as its new CTO, tasked with shaping the technical vision of the company along with VMware’s transformation to a cloud and subscription-centric organization.

https://www.crn.com/news/virtualization/vmware-s-cloud-engineering-guru-named-new-cto

Do you think this appointment is a move in the right direction?

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https://blocksandfiles.com/2021/09/09/fidelma-russo-leaves-vmware-and-general-manager-role/

"Fidelma Russo leaves VMware GM role
By Chris Mellor -September 9, 2021

Fidelma Russo, VMware’s SVP and General Manager of its Cloud Services Business Unit, abruptly resigned from the company on 5th September.

The news was confirmed by VMware, with a spokesperson telling us: “Fidelma has made a personal decision to leave VMware. We thank her for her contributions.”

In her SVP and GM roles she had jo--t responsibility with Mark Lohmeyer for VMware’s Cloud Services. Russo lead engineering, cloud operations, product management, product marketing for the VMware Cloud portfolio of services across Cloud Provider Partners, Local Cloud and the major Public Clouds. We had also heard that Russo was appointed as VMware’s Chief Technology Officer at the beginning of September and quit a few days later. We asked VMware about this yesterday but it has not yet been able to reply.

Kit Colbert was appointed to the VMware CTO role on 8 September. On his appointment VMware CEO Rangarajan (Raghu) Raghuram said: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome Kit into the position of CTO at VMware. Kit’s passion, proven technological savvy and excellent leadership capabilities will be instrumental in advancing our innovation engine and research and development efforts.”

If Colbert was a second-string replacement for Fidelma Russo, that puts a different complexion on his appointment.

Colbert replaced Greg Lavender, VMware’s previous CTO, who was in the post from June 2019 until June 2021, leaving to join Intel as its corporate CTO and SVP/GM of its new Software and Advanced Technology Group, working for CEO Pat Gelsinger, VMware’s prior CEO. Gelsinger’s departure to Intel was followed by Raghu Raghuram’s ascension to the CEO spot.

Before being appointed CEO, Raghuram was COO for Products and Cloud Services at VMware, and would have worked with Russo.

Russo has had a stellar career:

Digital Equipment Corporation — 1984–1994, Design engineer to Senior Manager Alpha server;
Data General — 1995–1999, Group VP Aviion servers and software;
Dell EMC — 1999–2002, VP;
Sun Microsystems — 2003–2006, SVP and GM network storage and software;
HP — 2006–2007, VP Adaptive Infrastructure;
Sepaton — 2007–2010, COO;
Dell EMC — 2011–2017, SVP and GM enterprise storage and software;
Iron Mountain — 2017–2020, CTO and EVP global technology and operations;
VMware — 2020–2021, SVP and GM Cloud Services Business Unit.

What reason could there be for her to leave VMware so abruptly, days before a new CTO was appointed?"

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Translation: None of the high profile external candidates would come here, so we decided this was our next best option.

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