VMware cloud boss to leave

After President and Networking guru left, cloud honcho hits the road too

Bill Fathers, the former executive of Savvis who has been leading VMware’s hybrid cloud efforts for the past three years, is leaving the company.

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VMware EVP and GM of Cloud Services Bill Fathers is leaving the company

VMware confirmed the news that was first reported by Fortune.

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Fathers is executive vice president and general manager of cloud services at VMware; he’ll leave the company next week. Previously he served as president of Savvis, a hosting company that CenturyLink bought for $2.5 billion in 2011.

Fathers is the latest VMware executive to hit the road. Former VMware President Carl Eschenbach and the head of the company’s networking and security business unit Martin Casado both have left VMware to join venture capital firms.

Fathers leaves VMware as the company’s cloud efforts seem to be somewhat stagnant in the market. A once ambitious project to build a public cloud, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger announced late last year that instead the company would focus on core use cases for its cloud, including extending of data center options into the public cloud; replacing data center workloads in the public cloud; and disaster recovery. VMware has partnerships with both Google and IBM in the public cloud as well. “VMware is committed to our cloud service and committed to helping customers extend their private cloud into the public cloud,” a VMware spokesperson said in a statement.

Laura Ortman, VP of Sales and Customer Success, and Allwyn Sequiera, VP and GM of vCloud Air will jointly lead the vCloud Air organization as co-General Managers and report directly to Gelsinger.

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