Former EMC CIO to head up VMware APJ as Dutton retires

Sanjay Mirchandani has been chosen to succeed Andrew Dutton to head up VMware's Asia-Pacific and Japan operations.

After four and a half years at the helm of VMware's APJ unit, Andrew Dutton has decided to retire at the end of 2013.

Dutton arrived at VMware in March 2009, before which he had had stints at Computer Associates and BEA, and had spent 17 years at IBM.

Succeeding him will be Sanjay Mirchandani, who is currently an EMC executive vice president for the company's global enterprise services group, and was previously EMC's chief information officer and COO of EMC's global centres of excellence.

Mirchandani will be handed the reins by Dutton on October 14 — Dutton will stay on in a transitory role until the year's end.

"Sanjay Mirchandani is taking over at an exciting stage of VMware's progress in APJ, which is our fastest-growing geographical region," said Carl Eschenbach, VMware president and chief operating officer, in a statement.

"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."

Prior to his stint at EMC, which VMware is a subsidiary of, Mirchandani spent over a decade at Microsoft from 1995 to 2006. During that time, he had roles as the regional vice president, enterprise services; president of Asia Pacific; president of South Africa; and managing director of Microsoft's India business.

"Sanjay has all the experience and know-how needed to lead VMware APJ into the huge opportunity that lies ahead in this exciting region," outgoing APJ head Dutton said.

Last month, VMware announced that it was launching its vCloud Hybrid Service, and that Australia would be the first cab off the rank to receive the service in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dutton said at the time that the virtualisation vendor would look to augment existing local partnerships in preference to plan for the service in the United States, where it is building new datacentres.