Rupak Acharjee, Senior Application Administrator, VMware
Rupak Acharjee is a Senior Application Administrator for VMware’s IT Application Operations team. He has 12 years of IT experience and has worked at VMware IT for more than 6 years. He is responsible for ETL, Control-M, IDR, and Big Data applications, including supporting mission-critical VMware production systems and various projects.
Gopinath Anantharaman, Senior Director, R&D, VMware
Gopi manages a global team that is responsible for Application Integrations, Security and UI development covering 30+ SaaS and On-Premise Enterprise Systems.
Gopi joined VMware, Palo Alto in 2001 and relocated to India with the Business IT group in Bangalore six years ago. He has held a number of leadership roles within the Business IT group and has a strong track record of delivering key customer facing portals, Enterprise Application Integrations and Secure SSO solutions. Prior to joining VMware, Gopi worked at IClick Inc. and D.E.Shaw & Co. delivering Healthcare and Financial applications and has over 15 years of IT industry experience. He holds a Master’s Engineering degree in Computer Science from NIT, Trichy and a MBA from IIM, Calcutta.
Josh Burton, Director, Global AV and Events, VMware
Josh is responsible for creating and managing the audio-visual experiences. AV teams under Josh’s leadership support thousands of meetings and events each year at VMware offices worldwide. Prior to VMware, Josh led AV design, engineering and deployment teams at both Symantec and eBay, after spending many years managing live events for various major music and entertainment groups. He holds a Masters in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University and a Bachelors in Business from Southeastern University.
Alfred Cheung, Lead Cloud Infrastructure Administrator, VMware
Alfred Cheung is responsible for the design, deploy and management of the Corporate IT private cloud compute and storage infrastructure, build and support for IT disaster & application resiliency. Prior to joining VMware, Alfred held various positions at Intuit and Allied Telesis. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Cal State University, Hayward.
Chanh Chi, Senior Director, Engineering, VMware
Chanh Chi joined VMware in 2007 and he is currently a Director in VMware’s IT organization where his team manages the production compute and storage infrastructure supporting VMware’s business applications. Chanh was also the infrastructure architect for VMware’s first internal deployment of a private cloud for hosting business critical applications. He holds a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah. Prior to working in IT, he was teaching Mathematics at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Jason Conyard, Chief Information Officer, VMware
Jason Conyard is the CIO at VMware. He joined in July 2015 and starting in October 2020, he leads its global information and technology organization, a group that manages critical technology systems supporting the company’s worldwide business operations. He is passionate about driving the Digital Strategy for VMware and its customers in close partnership across the company. A respected industry veteran, Conyard brings more than 25 years of experience in executing and driving change in global technology companies. Prior to joining VMware, Conyard served as vice president, IT at Juniper Networks and Managing Director for BlackRock (formerly Barclays Global Investors).
Orlando Diaz, Director, Client Foundation Services, VMware
Orlando Diaz has been with VMware since 2014 and is the Director of Client Foundation Services, responsible for the management of all devices utilizing WorkSpace One. Prior to his current position, he served tenure as an IT Operations Manager and a Lead Server Engineer for AirWatch by VMware (now Workspace ONE UEM and Mobility). He also held various positions at Hewlett-Packard and ThyssenKrupp prior to joining VMware and served ten years in the United States Army.
Brad Doctor, Senior Director, Information Security, VMware
Brad is an innovative thought leader and security professional with over 20 years of experience and nearly 20 patents in various technology domains. As the Sr. Director of Security Architecture and Engineering currently for VMware and previously for Level 3 Communications, Mr. Doctor has been at the forefront of cloud security architecture and engineering for over 10 years, and has led design and engineering efforts for several commercially successful security products and services.
Hüseyin Dursun, VP of Engineering, VMware Engineering Services – VES, VMware
Hüseyin Dursun leads the VMware Engineering Services (VES) organization at VMware, where he has been driving engineering efficiency and transformation efforts across VMware. His teams deliver internal private and hybrid cloud solutions—along with engineering productivity tools—that are used for both on-premises and cloud services. Before VMware, he served tenure with both Oracle and Microsoft (where he was member of the early Azure team). He holds a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Computer Science.
Boney Francis, UCC Architect, VMware
Boney Francis is a TOGAF-certified Architect aligned with the Unified Communications and Collaboration team. He is responsible for designing, planning, and implementing enterprise-level projects and supporting the teams to Keep the Lights On. With 13 years of IT experience in Messaging and Email systems (including extensive knowledge of Office 365 and PowerShell scripting), he’s always keen to take up challenges and is passionate about delivering a delightful user experience.
Preethy G, Associate Manager, Solution Services, VMware
Preethy is the Associate Manager of Solution Services team at VMware and has been working on global projects such as rollout of NSX Advanced Load Balancer (formerly Avi Networks), NSX-T deployments, and migration of workload to VMware IT’s public and private clouds (including VMware Cloud on AWS). She is also responsible for institutionalizing present-day technologies to help VMware IT meet business requirements. She has been with VMware since 2015 and holds several professional certifications, including VMware VCP, RHCE and CCNA.
Catherine Greenberg, Director, VMware on VMware, VMware
Catherine Greenberg leads the VMware on VMware Program. The goals of the program are to deploy and test VMware products in our environments and provide feedback to R&D. We also partner closely with the field organization to share our product deployment journeys and thought leadership topics with Customers. Prior to VMware, Catherine worked at Microsoft in various IT roles including Mergers & Acquisitions and managing large-scale IT projects/programs.
Jerry M. Griffin, Senior Manager, Infrastructure Operations, VMware
Jerry is responsible for the day-to-day operational support of Engineering Infrastructure within VMware IT. Jerry is also responsible for the implementation and support of Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) within VMware for Global Core Services Infrastructure for remote office locations. Jerry has worked on several different projects within VMware such as Load Balancing of Engineering LDAP infrastructure. Migration of Cloud Infrastructures to various platforms such as vCHS (now called vCloud Air) and vCloud Director. Most recently Jerry and his team migrated Engineering Workloads out of VMware’s First Data Center.
Jerry has over 22 years of experience in IT. He has held different roles within State and Federal Government as well as Non-Profit. Jerry also served 9 years in the United States Air Force.
Jerry holds a Bachelors Degree in Information Technology and various Certification’s from VMware, Red Hat, SUSE, Novell and Microsoft.
Stefan Grigorov, Senior Information Systems Engineer, VMware
Stefan is responsible for all aspects of managing Windows endpoints and has more than 15 years of experience. Before joining VMware, he was an Architect for DXC Technology and a SCCM Architect with HP.
Swapnil Hendre, Director, Solutions Engineering and Design, VMware
Swapnil is responsible for architecting solutions for public and private clouds and for leading solution architecture from inception to production. With 17+ years of IT experience, he is one of VMware IT’s resident experts on the design and implementation of VMware NSX® micro-segmentation and VMware CloudTM on AWS in IT’s Infrastructure and Cloud Operations. Previously, he worked for Symantec, HP, CSC and Nortel. Swapnil holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering.
Jason Hutson, Senior Cloud Infrastructure Engineer, VMware
Jason Hutson works on cloud productivity and engineering infrastructure environments. Prior to working for VMware, Jason served a tenure as CTO for Fetch, Technical Director for Moxy, and Director of Information Technology for VentureNet. He holds a Computer Information Systems degree from Herzing College.
Laxminarayan Jayabharthi (Laxmi J), Senior Director, IT Application Development, VMware
Laxmi J is responsible for managing the application integration platform and framework that connect islands of information between various business applications and supporting a long-term solution that is scalable, maintainable, and robust. He is also leading the team responsible for transforming Enterprise IT to evolve and adapt to next-generation IT using DevOps and DevSecOps. He joined VMware in 2006.
Annie Lin, Director, Digital Transformation, VMware
Annie helps drive digital transformation and app modernization efforts within VMware. Previously, she served tenures as Vice President, Trust and Safety API’s business unit at Inflection, Vice President of venture capital firm Nokia Growth Partners as a growth stage investor, as well as various strategy consulting and operations roles at publicly held companies. Annie holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Jino Jose, Lead Applications Database Administrator, VMware
Jino Jose is responsible for the operations of various databases at VMware. He also has experience in managing stateful sets in Kubernetes, data center application migration, and working with various private cloud operations.
Romy Kaura, Senior Director IT Mergers & Acquisitions and Services, VMware
Romy Kaura is Senior Director of IT Mergers & Acquisitions and Services where he provides thought leadership to the IT M&A organization and transformed its execution to be “a well-oiled machine.” He has 20+ years of experience in IT delivery, digital transformation, DevOps, PMO, M&A, and divestitures. He is passionate about leveraging innovative technology to deliver value.
Raanan Kesar, Senior Director of SaaS Operations, VMware
Raanan Kesar joined VMware in 2010, and now leads SaaS Operations, a member of the Cloud and Productivity Engineering (CPE) org. He is also co-chair of the Production Readiness Assessment (PRA) program, and was previously was part of the CSP team operations,. Prior to joining VMware, he was with Mercury Interactive R&D (Application Performance Monitoring), Mercury Managed Services, and HP Software as a Service Operations.
Varinder Kumar, Senior Director, IT Application Operations, VMware
Varinder Kumar joined VMware in 2008 and manages the global Application Operations team responsible for 24×7 availability of all corporate internal and external applications including SAP, Oracle, etc. He works closely with the application development and architecture teams to ensure that systems are designed with 100% resiliency. He has 20+ years of IT experience in improving the availability of key business applications and managing multiple ERPs, databases, cloud-native platforms, DevOps, and IT project delivery.
Gopala Krishna Sandur Kustigi, Lead Application Administrator, IT Application Operations, VMware
Gopala is currently a tech lead on various application integrations technologies and is responsible for setting up the Kubernetes platform and hosting the technologies for VMware IT Ops. He has more than 12 years of experience in IT and has worked at VMware for more than seven.
Jerry Li, Director, IT Applications Development, VMware
Jerry currently serves as a Director focusing on application release management, new technology adoption, and disaster recovery in IT department at VMware Inc. His team has been utilizing VMware vRealize® Automation and VMware vRealize® Code Stream to streamline application and infra-structure release process since the beginning of 2015.
Lyubomir Lyubenov, Senior Cloud Architect, VMware
Lyubomir Lyubenov is a Cloud Architect on the VMware Private Cloud team. He joined the VMware team in 2013 to work on large-scale infrastructure architecture leveraging VMWare’s SDDC products. With more than 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and supporting large scale enterprise environments, he is helping VMware’s private cloud team to deliver various cloud services by utilizing VMware’s cloud management platforms.
Shamika Mukane, Lead Solutions Engineer, VMware
With more than five years experience, Shamika is currently leading projects such as global rollout for SD-WAN WFH Service and network segmentation, various multi-cloud initiatives, and the NSX Advanced Load Balancer (AVI) rollout—in addition to her contributions to automation of VMware products including NSX-T, VMware Cloud, and vSphere. She holds master’s degree in computer science and engineering from VIT University.
Vipin Nair, Manager, Global AV Engineering, VMware
Vipin is part of the team responsible for creating and managing the audio-visual experiences across all of VMware—supporting thousands of meetings and events each year at VMware offices worldwide. Prior to VMware, he was an associate and consultant for Hewshott International and a Senior Project Engineer for Bose Corporation. Vipin holds a Bachelor of Technology, Electronics and Communications Engineering from U.P. Technical University.
Jitendra Nath, Lead Applications Developer, IT Enterprise Integrations, VMware
Jitendra possesses more than 15 years of proven experience in enterprise application integrations, analytics, cloud-native app design and development. Currently he is involved with architecting application integration between heterogeneous applications using various integration tools (iPaaS,open source) and techniques . He is also a Dell Boomi certified Professional Architect. Prior to joining VMware, Jitendra worked at Oracle and TCS.
Michelle McNeil, Senior Director, Strategic Operations, VMware
Michelle McNeil has worked in the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley for over 25 years. She currently is a Senior Director of the Digital Transformation Program Management Office at VMware. One of her roles is to manage the Global Crisis Management team to coordinate rapid response and resolution to major threats ranging from natural or other event-related disasters to cybersecurity.
Grant Nowell, Director, IT Infrastructure PMO & Compliance, VMware
Grant leads IT PMO, Change & Release Automation teams and brings 29+ years of experience in the IT industry. He has held various IT leadership positions at VMware, including tenures in DevOps, Applications Infrastructure Support, NOC Operations and End User Client Services.
Balaji Padmanaban, Senior Director, IT Applications, VMware
Balaji Padmanaban is responsible for IT back-office applications for VMware, including Oracle, SAP, and many other on-premises and cloud software applications. His team enables VMware to implement bottom line and topline impacting projects and programs across Finance, HR, Real Estate, and Legal. Balaji has held a number of leadership roles within the Business IT group over the last several years.
Lalit Parashari, IT Manager, Disaster Recovery, VMware
Lalit manages the design, implementation and communication of disaster recovery plans and processes that ensure the security and integrity of VMWare data, databases, information systems, and technology. He has more than 12 years of IT experience, including tenures at Tesco and Sonata Software Ltd.
Balaji Parthasarathy, Senior Director, IT Applications, VMware
Balaji is responsible for Enterprise Architecture with a focus on advocating design-led-architecture and architecture-led-delivery, and a clear vision towards domain-driven design practice. He is an accomplished IT leader with experience in technology-enabled business outcomes delivery at companies like Accenture and Tech Mahindra. Balaji has launched, directed and managed large-scale global transformation projects/programs, across various business domains. He has also enabled organizations to transition to a DevOps culture.
Mehul Patel, Senior Manager, IT Applications
Mehul Patel is responsible for strategy, framework, security, and operationalization of DevOps and DevSecOps practices. In this position, Mehul manages software-defined infrastructure provisioning, release platform enablement & automation, and identity/access management functions. Prior to this, Mehul managed and led teams in Application Integrations and Master Data Management, also at VMware.
Iliyan Petkov, Senior Cloud Site Reliability Engineer, VMware
Iliyan has served tenure with VMware for more than six years, responsible for maintaining and automating internal cloud offerings. Previous to VMware, he held various software and service support engineering positions with Siemens Enterprise Communications. Iliyan holds a master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Technical University Sofia.
Donald Philpott, Senior Manager, Global Data Center and Backbone Network Operations/EMEA, VMware
Donald is the Senior Manager for Global DC Metro & Backbone Network Operations. This function controls and maintains VMware’s Network Backbone globally. He has spent over 12 years working on the VMware Network Operations team in an engineering or management capacity. Prior to working for VMware, Donald held lead developer roles for Ericsson and Motorola where he led software development teams. He holds a Computer Software Engineer degree from University College Limerick [UL]
Curtis Pope, Director of VMware Learning Platform (VLP) Engineering, VMware
Curtis helped found VLP seven years ago and has been an integral part of its growth. Previous to his current position, he served a tenure as an Americas vCloud Architect and Staff Systems Engineer with VMware, and as a Senior Systems Architect with IBM. Curtis holds a Bachelor’s in Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Pankaj Purwar, Senior Director (CSX), Business IT, VMware
Pankaj Purwar is a Director of Business IT at VMware and is responsible for leading IT enterprise applications for Master Data Management and Global Services functions. Pankaj brings over 20 years of experience across strategy, technology, and business transformation to deliver value and a delightful experience to customers. Prior to joining VMware, Pankaj was an IT Director at Juniper Networ
Hari Ramakrishnan, Vice President, Digital Transformation, VMware
Hari is responsible for driving app modernization efforts to enable the company’s digital transformation. Prior to that, Hari led a cross-company transformation program to grow the VMware SaaS business, launched VMware Marketplace, and also served as Chief of Staff to the CEO. He was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group prior to VMware. Hari holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from BITS Pilani (India), a master’s in computer science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Telmo Rodrigues, Sr. Cloud Infrastructure Engineer, VMware
Telmo focuses on global infrastructure, currently working on ePKS clusters deployment. He has been with VMware since 2010, and has had several roles including managing Horizon View and Workspace ONE.
Alex Romanenko, Staff Engineer 2, VMware
Alex has been with VMware since 2004, and is part of a team responsible for architecting, implementing, managing and supporting large internal clouds. He began his career in the Quality Assurance organization that was responsible for testing early versions of VMware products. He has also held positions in Technical Operations, Cloud Operations and R&D. Alex holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from San Jose State University.
Eric Rong, Technical Architect, Business IT, VMware
Eric Rong is a Technical Architect on the Business IT team responsible for driving the Cloud-Native, DevOps transformation, and strategic project delivery from an architecture and technology perspective. Eric brings 20 years of experience in IT industry focus on technology and application architecture, with a strong track record in delivering key initiatives and projects. Prior to join VMware, Eric worked at Franklin Templeton and HP.
Dan Sanford, Information Systems Manager, VMware
Dan Sanford is a manager over VMware IT’s Client Engineering team which is responsible for their internal Workspace ONE environment, architecting out-of-the box solutions and delivering an amazing colleague experience. His background includes telecom/mobile management and is known for his previous role in running Mac Management for VMware
Craig Savage, Security Solutions Strategist—VMware Information Security, VMware
Craig is responsible for helping VMware customers in their Security transformation journey. Prior to his current position, he served a tenure as an Enterprise Architect, Security Architect and Governance, Risk and Compliance consultant with VMware in Europe, and companies such as Capgemini Consulting and Accenture. He has a background in psychology and human performance and holds certifications in CISSP-ISSMP and VCP-DV 6.7.
Ashu Saxena, Senior Cloud Infrastructure Administrator, VMware
Ashu Saxena is a Cloud Infrastructure Administrator responsible for the Linux infrastructure in VMware IT. He has 12 years of IT experience.
Sachin Sharma, Linux Systems Architect, VMware
Sachin Sharma is a Linux Systems Architect responsible for VMware’s IT Operations Layer 1 Infrastructure. He has more than 20 years of IT experience and has worked at VMware IT for more than eight years.
Manas Singh, IT Manager, IT Infra, Application Operations, VMware
Manas Singh is responsible for the design and implementation of application infrastructure for cloud-native applications. He spearheads the stability, availability, and roadmap initiatives for the platform. Java is his preferred language, and he has extensive experience in tuning Java-based applications. Prior to working at VMware, Manas was a Principal Consultant with Oracle where he designed Oracle Middleware Infrastructure based on Maximum Availability Architecture principles. Manas holds a master’s degree in Computer Applications.
Stephen Sheen, Senior Manager, IT Infrastructure PMO, VMware
Stephen has been with VMware for more than six years, and in his current position for nearly two. Prior to this role, he served a tenure as a Sr. Project Manager with IT Operations. He has also held various positions with Ezzoft Technologies and Lisec Software. Stephen holds a Bachelor’s in Technology, Electronics, and Communication Engineering, from Cochin University of Science and Technology.
Sukhjit Singh, Senior Network Services Administrator, VMware
Sukhjit Singh is working for VMware for past 4 years and responsible for managing and architecting load-balancing solution and NSX DFW infrastructure. He has 10 years of experience in various network technologies e.g. routing, switching, firewall, load-balancing, automation etc. He has been taking strategic decisions in migration of virtual servers on cross vendor platforms. He is also responsible for designing and implementing the NSX DFW firewall and securing the application by implementing micro-segmentation.
Pervinder Sudan, Lead DevOps Engineer, VMware
Pervinder Sudan has been a Lead DevOps Engineer with VMware for more than seven years, responsible for developing and managing the DevOps platform leveraged by VMware Business IT to deploy hundreds of different types of artifacts on public & private cloud and on-premises applications. Prior to VMware, Pervinder was a Technical Manager with MindTree Ltd. and a Release Engineer/Manager with Vendavo, among other positions with Aztec Software and Quark House Media. He holds a Bachelor’s in Engineering (Computer Science) from Gulbarga University.
Aju Sukumaran, Senior Manager, Client Engineering, VMware
Aju is responsible for the internal deployment and support of end-user computing products. Aju and his team provide virtual workspace deployment and administration for VMWare internal colleagues. Aju also successfully deployed various other VMware technologies prior to joining our Information Technology team.
Dane Tadsen, Senior Information Systems Engineer, VMware
Dane has been working with VMware for more than six years and with a focus on Workspace ONE UEM and Mobility (previously AirWatch), Dane is responsible for the mobile device experiences on iOS and Android. He holds a Bachelor’s in Science degree from the University of West Georgia.
Shane van Bentum, Director, Cloud Operations, VMware
Since joining VMware in 2010, Shane has worked in various IT Operations roles. His team is responsible for building and operating one of the largest VMware private clouds, one that supports millions of virtual machines across the globe. Shane is passionate about DevOps, and is a main driver for applying best practices—and establishing a DevOps mindset—to transform the organization via solving operational challenges for R & D teams through code.
Shaji Vayaveetil, Domain Architect, Business IT, VMware
Shaji Vayaveetil is a TOGAF-certified Domain Architect working in IT Global Support Services (GSS) area. He’s responsible for designing critical applications like MyVmware.com as well as sustainable and futuristic applications for the VMware business. He’s been working at VMware for more than 10 years and was instrumental in implementing ERP solutions (Oracle EBS and SAP). He’s an active member of the VMware enterprise architecture team.
Sunder Vudhya, Director IT, Business IT, Order Ops, VMware
Sunder Vudhya manages a global team responsible for the SaaS and Perpetual IT back-office application delivery model. His team works closely with the various business organizations like the Global Order Operations and Global Pricing Operations & Cloud Services Platform (CSP) teams. He has been working at VMware for more than 10 years, has held a number of leadership roles within the Business IT group, and is TOGAF-certified.
Mukund Yadav, IT Director, IT Infra, Application Operations, VMware
IT Professional with more than 24 years’ experience in managing Enterprise Applications, Platforms, Databases, end-to-end Private & Hybrid Cloud, Practice, Service and Delivery Management. Mukund is Passionate about Innovation, Technology, Knowledge management, Processes, and People development.
Currently working as Director, IT Applications Operations in VMware India, Bangalore, managing 24X7 mission critical Financial & Corporate Production and SDLC Application platforms, which is 100% running on next-generation Cloud Infrastructure, responsible for tech stack upgrades, automation, and improving ROI.
Gained extensive international exposure of providing onsite technology support, migration & upgradation services to various customers in London, Scotland, Netherlands, France, Portugal, Bahrain, and Uganda.
Earlier to VMware, was working as Practice Manager for “Technical Architecture, Technology Support, Migration, Upgrades and Apps DBA Practice” in Oracle.
Earlier to VMware, was working as Practice Manager for “Technical Architecture, Technology Support, Migration, Upgrades and Apps DBA Practice” in Oracle.
Zaigui Wang, Director, Cloud Infrastructure Operation, VMware
Zaigui’s team is responsible for planning, designing, and operating the virtualized infrastructure to support mission-critical VMware production systems, including ERP, web portals, enterprise collaboration, and data analytics. Running products to their full potentials and sharing his learning with customers are his passions. Zaigui’s background includes system and storage administration for 15+ years. Previously he held the position of infrastructure architect at VMware.
Cy Whitfield, Senior Information Systems Engineer, VMware
Cy works within the Colleague Experience and Technology (CET) team. With more than 15 years in the tech industry, he is currently responsible for helping manage the Windows estate, app deployment, patching, and Out of Box Experience (OOBE) using factory provisioning.