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VMware names co-presidents, Maritz still CEO

Paul Maritz is no longer VMware’s president.

The company has named four other executives as co-presidents: Carl Eschenbach, Richard McAniff, Tod Nielsen and Mark Peek. They will all report to Maritz, who remains CEO.

VMware has not issued a press release about the news, but the company disclosed the reorganization in a Jan. 27 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Maritz became president and CEO in 2008 after the firing of VMware co-founder Diane Greene. Since then he has led VMware’s push to move beyond virtualization and become a major software and infrastructure player, along the lines of Microsoft and Oracle.

Here’s a rundown of the new co-presidents and their responsibilities:

  • Eschenbach will handle customer operations. His former title was executive vice president of worldwide field operations.
  • McAniff, the former executive vice president of products, will now be co-president of products. He will remain VMware’s chief development officer.
  • Nielsen will oversee the applications platform. He was previously chief operating officer.
  • Peek becomes co-president of business operations and retains the title of chief financial officer.

The reorganization comes as VMware plans to rally its channel troops at next week’s Partner Exchange conference in Orlando.

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