VMware made several announcements on Monday, including the appointment of Sanjay Mirhandani to senior vice president and general manager to lead the VMware Asia Pacific & Japan business.
Mirchandani succeeds Andrew Dutton, who will partner with Mirhandani on Oct. 14, 2013 in order to make the transition easier. Dutton will retire at the end of the year, after spending five years at VMware.
Mirchandani joins VMware from EMC, where he served as executive vice president, global enterprise services. Prior to VMware, Mirchandani served as Microsoft’s regional vice president, Enterprise Services in Asia, working with the region’s partners and customer.
The appointment will help support VMware’s presence in APJ, where it serves 55,000 customers. VMware has 3,700 employees in 50 local offices, with a network of about 10,000 partners.
“Sanjay Mirchandani is taking over at an exciting stage of VMware’s progress in APJ, which is our fastest-growing geographical region,” Carl Eschebach, president and chief operating officer, VMware said. “A substantial opportunity lies ahead for VMware in this part of the world. Sanjay’s rich experience as an IT and business veteran — as well as his deep understanding of Asia Pacific markets — will build on the hugely successful contribution made by Andrew. I would like to thank Andrew for his dedication and commitment to the APJ region over the past five years.”
Also on Monday, VMware announced general availability of VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 and VMware vSphere with Operations Management 5.5. VMware Virtual SAN is now available for download and trial via a public beta program.