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VMware Layoffs 2020: Some Targeted $VMW Staff Cuts Confirmed

VMware layoffs have impacted a limited number of employees, though the virtualization and cloud software provider did not disclose the exact number of staff cuts.

Among the departures: Shawn Toldo, VP of VMware’s Worldwide Partner Organization, CRN reports.

The VMware layoff reports surface less than a month after majority owner Dell Technologies also cut some headcount. Both Dell and VMware have closely managed costs amid the coronavirus pandemic and challenging economy.

VMware and Dell Temporarily Freeze Salaries

Indeed, VMware in May 2020 confirmed plans to freeze employee salaries, cut executive pay and suspended 401K retirement plan matching. Dell made similar moves that same month.

Both companies have also had channel chief transitions in recent months. Dell Channel Chief Joyce Mullen is exiting the data center hardware giant on August 14. Separately, VMware Channel Chief Jenni Flinders quietly exited the hybrid cloud software company in June.

Dell is seeking a successor to Mullen, but has plenty of channel bench depth in the meantime. Sandy Hogan, senior vice president of worldwide commercial and partner sales, leads VMware’s Worldwide Partner Organization.

Related: Technology Industry Layoff List

Dell and VMware: Dates to Watch

Among the dates partners and investors should track:

Both Dell and VMware announced reasonably strong financial results during their previous reporting period.

Dell and VMware: Spin-Off Discussions and Acquisitions

Dell has also been exploring potential ways to spin-off, sell or unlock the value of its VMware stake. The PC giant owns roughly 81 percent of the virtualization software maker.

Meanwhile, VMware has remained active on the M&A front, acquiring:

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.