Summary:

Note to self: Revolving doors work both ways. After several key executive exits, VMware installs Sanjay Poonen to head up its desktop virtualization and other end-user computing efforts.

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Here’s a lesson for all of us: Revolving doors revolve for a reason — they let people out and in.  Sanjay Poonen, who headed up SAP’s mobility efforts is now aboard VMware where he will be general manager of company’s desktop virtualization and other end-user computing projects. On July 19, Poonen tweeted about his departure from SAP after 7 years with the enterprise software giant.

Sanjay PoonenWith this news, along with the decision of EMC CTO Chuck Hollis to join VMware as a top strategist, it looks like the aforementioned revolving door at VMware spins both ways.  The virtualization leader has seen several key departures over the last six months — with CTO Stephen Herrod leaving in January followed last month by  SVP of cloud infrastructure Bogomil Balkansky and chief management architect Ben Verghese all leaving in that time frame.

Updated: Poonen is stepping in to fill the role vacated by end-user computing GM Boaz Chalamish, who is stepping down, according to VMware. But VMware watchers point out that another exec in that group — Moe Khosravy who was VP of VMware’s Horizon Suite, left VMware in July after just 8 months on the job.  Khosravy had joined VMware after several years at Microsoft and is now GM and head of sofware and user experiences at Intel Media, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Those high-profile exits looked very much like brain drain and had many wondering who VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger would install to fill  those key roles. Now we have some of the answers.

This story was updated at 4:49 a.m. August 7 with detail on who Poonen is replacing and other exits from VMware’s end-user computing group.

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