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​VMware courts Cisco executive to lead networking and security business

​VMware courts Cisco executive to lead networking and security business

“He is a proven leader and brings operational expertise coupled with an intense knowledge and understanding of the networking industry."

Pat Gelsinger - CEO, VMware

Pat Gelsinger - CEO, VMware

VMware has appointed Dr. Rajiv Ramaswami as General Manager and Executive Vice President of its Networking and Security Business, luring the IT veteran from Cisco.

Ramaswami will replace the outgoing Martin Casado who despite dealing to pursue a new career opportunity, will also be retained as an external VMware strategic advisor.

Ramaswami most recently served as executive vice president and general manager of the Infrastructure and Networking Group of Broadcom Corporation.

Prior to Broadcom, Ramaswami was vice president and general manager of the Cloud Services and Switching Technology Group at Cisco Systems, where he also served as vice president and general manager for a variety of business units in Optical, Switching and Storage Networking.

“We are excited to welcome Rajiv Ramaswami to VMware to lead one of our fastest growing businesses,” says Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware.

“He is a proven leader and brings operational expertise coupled with an intense knowledge and understanding of the networking industry.

“We also want to take this opportunity to thank Martin Casado for his technology leadership and innovative spirit.

“From the day we acquired Nicira, Martin has played an integral role in growing the NSX business and leading the team. We wish him all the best in his next endeavour.”

Ramaswami will join VMware on April 1, reporting to Gelsinger.

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