VMware appoints Google executive as EMEA GM

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Yesterday VMware announced a major change for its European business: Maurizio Carli was hired as General Manager of the EMEA region.
This implies the responsibility of the strategic planning, business operations and management of sales, channels, services and marketing.

Carli come from Google, where he was the Managing Director of the Enterprise division for EMEA.
Before that Carli was Senior Vice President and General Manager for EMEA at Business Object and even before he was Vice President of the EMEA Software Group at IBM.

We’ll see if the “Don’t be evil” philosophy that Carli adopted at Google will help VMware in improving the relationship with its European channel partners, which is not always idyllic, and stay ahead of the competition against Citrix and Microsoft.