Gelsinger Has the Credentials

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-07-18 Print this article Print


Gelsinger Has the Credentials

Gelsinger appears to be is the right guy for VMware. He's smart, personable, visionary, experienced, well-respected and approachable. He gets to come home to the Bay Area; he's a graduate of both Santa Clara University and Stanford University. We'll see how tough he is when it comes to making hard decisions; he's never been a CEO before.

One also must take into consideration that this CEO change likely wouldn't have happened at this time had not Gelsinger been ready to take over the job.

You have to give Maritz credit. It's really hard to know when to step down from a job you're doing well. Just ask any number of pro athletes when "it's time." To cut off an activity that you know well and have been doing well for years is one of the hardest decisions any professional can make.

But there's another key consideration. Importantly, it also turns out that EMC and VMware are looking ahead to when Maritz's boss--EMC President, CEO and Chairman of the Board Joe Tucci, 65--retires in the next year or two. EMC is a company that likes to have everything just so, and it wants to have a clear line of leadership succession to assuage its shareholders and all those Wall Street observers.

Thus Maritz will remain on the VMware board and will unofficially become EMC's CEO-in-waiting. In the meantime, he will work as a "technology strategist" within the EMC corporate empire. Talk about an amorphous job description. But it fits Maritz's place in the EMC hierarchy perfectly.

"This will be a full-time position, a job that can be done from anywhere," Maritz said on the conference call for the news announcement. "This transition also frees up my time to think about some of the interesting things that can be done on top of this new foundation of cloud infrastructure. There are ways to deliver business value in ways that have not been possible before."

Looks Like a Good Deal for All Involved

In summary: Paul Maritz gets a year or two break from running a major multinational corporation, can now make his own schedule and still has an interesting job. VMware gets a fresh new corporate leader who has all the attributes mentioned at the top of this story.

Finally, EMC, the mothership, has an excellent corporate leader on deck. Looks like it won't be needing to consult with anybody to find their next field general.

Chris Preimesberger is Editor of Features and Analysis at eWEEK. Twitter: @editingwhiz

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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