Summary:

Two of the top Zenprise execs who came over to help drive Citrix’ mobility effort, are now off to places unknown.

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It’s been just over a year since Citrix bought Zenprise for its mobile device management expertise, and two of the top Zenprise executives who joined Citrix as part of that deal are now gone.

Amit Pandey, who had been CEO of Zenprise who became Citrix’s GM of XenMobile, and Ahmed Datoo, who was SVP and CMO at Zenprise and then VP of Mobile at Citrix, have left the company, several sources confirmed. Citrix officials did not respond to requests for comment.

A Citrix spokesman said Datoo and Pandey will leave the company in April and May, respectively, in a planned transition, but that the core team will remain. A search is underway for a new GM, led by Sudhakar Ramakrishna, SVP and GM for enterprise and service provider products, she said via email.

VMware picked off two other former Citrix execs earlier this year when it hired Bob Schultz, who had been group VP and GM of desktop and applications for Citrix and Sumit Dhawan, who had been VP and GM of enterprise mobility. Both of those execs are helping drive VMware’s end-user computing efforts.

Citrix is the leader in desktop virtualization, but VMware — as well as Amazon — is making a play there.

These latest departures could mean that two entrepreneurs sold Zenprise, put in their time at the acquiring company, and then moved on to the next thing. But, even if that’s the case, there is more change to come at Citrix: In late January, CEO Mark Templeton announced plans to retire in the coming year.

This story was updated at 6:35 p.m. on March 14 with Citrix comment on the transition.

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