VMware names new CTO amid executive churn

VMware also made Ray O'Ferrell its chief development officer, meaning he will not only lead the company's technology team, but he will oversee the company's R&D business units as well.

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Virtualization giant VMware has filled a key position in its executive ranks.

The Palo Alto-based company said Wednesday that it has appointed VMware insider Ray O'Farrell to the position of chief technology officer.

Interestingly, VMware also made O'Ferrell its chief development officer, meaning he will not only lead the company's technology team, but he will oversee the company's R&D business units as well.

O'Ferrell replaces Ben Fathi, who confirmed his intention to leave the company just this past Sunday, making him the third high-ranking executive within the EMC Federation to step down in the last two weeks. For clarity, EMC is the majority stakeholder of VMware, as well as Pivotal, RSA, VCE and Virtustream.

Last Tuesday Paul Maritz stepped down from his role as CEO of Pivotal. His exit was followed by the departure of VMware's chief strategist Chuck Hollis, who left to take a position with Oracle.

It's unclear why the companies are experiencing such dramatic churn in their leadership teams, but the departures come at a tumultuous time for EMC.

The company has faced pressure from activist investor Elliott Management to spin off VMware. Meanwhile, there's also speculation that VMware could buy out EMC, although neither scenario has been confirmed by EMC or its federation companies.

As for O'Ferrell, the VMware veteran joined the company in 2003, and much of his work since then appears to focus heavily on research and development. Most recently he worked as the GM company's Software-Defined Data Center Division.

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