VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, today announced that Richard McAniff has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer.  McAniff will report directly to President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Maritz.  In his new role, McAniff will be responsible for research and development across VMware’s Server and Desktop Business Units.

“I am pleased to welcome Richard to VMware at a time when the company is poised to expand its technology leadership even farther ahead with its upcoming VMware vSphere generation of products,”  said Paul Maritz, president and chief executive officer, VMware.  “As the new leader of our R&D organization, Richard brings deep experience in developing industry-leading software. He will play a crucial role in driving product engineering efforts that will help drive and grow our business.”

“From the introduction of VMware Workstation in 1999 to giving customers a clear path to cloud computing, VMware has clearly established itself as an innovation leader,” said McAniff. “I am excited to join the VMware team at an important time in the company’s history.  In my new role, I will be focused on continuing the development of the innovative technologies and quality products that customers have come to expect from VMware.”

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