Dell owns a majority stake in VMWare ($VMW). The departures were unrelated to one another. The exits were first reported by CRN and Channel Futures, respectively.
Both technology companies continue to perform reasonably well during the coronavirus pandemic — though Dell and VMware have each taken steps to closely manage their finances amid the economic uncertainty.
Mullen is a 21-year veteran of Dell. She climbed from director-level service delivery roles 20 years ago to VP-level roles focused on small businesses, sales, software and marketing through 2010. From there, Mullen has held VP, senior VP and president-level. positions in the alliance and channel areas.
Mullen indicated that she’s exiting Dell to become a member of a senior leadership team at a smaller company — though she didn’t reveal the firm’s name.
Dell is seeking a successor to Mullen, but has plenty of channel bench depth in the meantime.
Moreover, Dell has been performing reasonably well during the coronavirus pandemic. For its first quarter of 2021 ended May 1, 2020, revenue was $21.9 billion — essentially flat with Q1 compared to Q1 of fiscal 2020.
Meanwhile, Flinders exited VMware on June 11. She led the hybrid cloud and IT management software provider’s channel partner program for roughly two years. Flinders has a strong reputation in and around the IT channel — and previously helped Microsoft to build out its cloud-related partner program during the dawn of Office 365 and Microsoft Azure.
Roger Egan, VP, VMware Tanzu
Jenni Flinders, former global channel chief, VMware
Sandy Hogan, senior vice president of worldwide commercial and partner sales, now leads VMware’s Worldwide Partner Organization. Hogan joined VMware in May 2020, and previously held key posts at Cisco Systems, HERE Technologies and Rackspace Technologies — the cloud MSP that’s now ramping up for a potential IPO.
Also at VMware, the company has hired Roger Egan as VP of Americas for VMware Tanzu — a Kubernetes play that counters Red Hat OpenShift from IBM. Egan has ample experience for the role. He previously held container and open source-related posts at Docker and Red Hat. Most recently, he was executive VP of global sales at Siemplify — which develops a cloud-native SOAR (security orchestration, automation and response) platform for MSSPs.
VMware Business Strength, Software Acquisitions
Meanwhile, VMware’s business has held up well during the coronavirus pandemic. Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 (ended May 1, 2020) was $2.73 billion, up 12 percent from the corresponding quarter in Q1 2020.
VMware has remained in aggressive acquisition mode. Recent purchases include: