A day after reports surfaced that Paul Maritz is out as CEO of VMware, EMC has offically confirmed that move. Maritz will cede that role but will become chief strategist at parent company EMC, reporting to EMC CEO and Chairman Joe Tucci. As expected, Pat Gelsinger will replace Maritz as CEO of VMware. Gelsinger was president and COO of EMC Information Infrastructure Products.
In a conference call Tuesday afternoon, Tucci said he will remain chairman of both VMware and EMC — and CEO of EMC — through the end of 2013. “I’m convinced I still add value,” Tucci told press and analysts.
Maritz said his new role will be a full-time gig but that he will not move east to be closer to EMC’s Hopkinton, Mass. headquarters. Maritz said the move comes as VMware needs to “get reconfigured” for this new era of the software-defined data center.
The org changes are effective September 1. Maritz, who has led Palo Alto, Calif.-based VMware for four years, will remain on the VMware board.
According to Tucci’s statement:
Paul will look across our technology strategy with a particular focus on Big Data and the next generation of cloud-oriented applications that will be built on top of these foundations … Paul Maritz is one of the brightest minds in the IT industry. He has created a compelling and lasting vision that has transformed VMware from a technology leader in virtualization to a category leader in cloud computing .. Paul leaves VMware in an enviable strategic position and in great financial health. We are delighted to have Paul join the leadership team at EMC and look forward to working with him as he leads our technology strategy and directs our efforts on Big Data and emerging applications.
Both Gelsinger and EMC CFO David Gouldon were on the short list of EMC execs to succeed Tucci as CEO of EMC, but in April, EMC said the board had asked Tucci, who is 65 years old, to remain on as CEO “indefinitely.”
In other changes, Gouldon was appointed president and COO of EMC and Jeremy Burton, who was EMC’s CMO, was tapped as executive vice president, of product operations and marketing.
EMC owns 80 percent of VMware.
(More to come.)