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VMware Strengthens Product, Customer and Partner Ecosystem with New Executive Appointments in Southeast Asia and Korea

VMware Strengthens Product, Customer and Partner Ecosystem with New Executive Appointments in Southeast Asia and Korea

• Sustained business momentum prompts three executive hires in Southeast Asia and Korea

• VMware to further enhance capabilities and support businesses in navigating multi-cloud environments

SINGAPORE – April 22, 2018 – VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a leading innovator in enterprise software, today announced three executive appointments as it builds on its momentum – namely, Malis Selamat as director, Commercial Business, VMware Southeast Asia and Korea (SEAK), Michael Hoo as Head of Solution Architect Practice, VMware SEAK and Karthik Viswanathan, regional director, CloudHealth, VMware SEAK. This announcement follows the appointment of Fan Qu, director, Channels and Alliances at VMware SEAK in October 2018, as VMware reaffirms its commitment in strengthening its product, partner and customer ecosystem in the region. 

“To successfully drive large transformational needs, VMware needs a holistic approach to continue with our product innovations and provide greater support both our customers and channel partners across the ecosystem,” said Sanjay K. Deshmukh, vice president and managing director, Southeast Asia and Korea, VMware. “The addition of Malis, Michael and Karthik to our SEAK leadership team will fortify VMware’s position in enhancing the capabilities of our cloud solutions, customers and partners. This includes enabling a hybrid and multi-cloud strategy and management platform, and empowering their employees with the right digital workspace platform.”

Selamat brings with her more than two decades of inside sales, commercial and channel experience. As VMware’s director, Commercial Business, Selamat will focus on driving VMware’s growth in SEAK by furthering the adoption of VMware’s advanced solutions with existing and new businesses. Prior to joining VMware, Malis was the Channel and Inside Sales Director, Southeast Asia for McAfee, where she led its channel and commercial team as well as the overall distribution and partner ecosystem across Southeast Asia.

“Channel partners play an integral role in VMware’s strategy. There are immense opportunities in hybrid cloud and multi-cloud, and we want to help our partners leverage those,” said Selamat. “With a strengthened ecosystem, we can build better engagement with our partners, further equipping them with best-in-class solutions and capabilities to drive digital transformation in the region."

In his new role as VMware’s Head of Solution Architect Practice, Hoo will lead and build the Solution Architect practice alongside a team of solution architects in SEAK. The practice will be responsible for enabling strategic engagement and driving digital transformation for VMware’s 50 lighthouse accounts in SEAK. Hoo has amassed 15 years of experience in the IT industry and has been a solution architect practitioner for more than 10 years. Before joining VMware, he has worked with Dell EMC as the Principal Architect and Global Lead and held similar roles at EMC for the ASEAN region, IBM Malaysia and Sarawak Shell.

“Digital transformation remains one of the top areas of focus for enterprises in the region. As more enterprises migrate to cloud, VMware’s newly established solution architect practice will allow us to help enterprises tackle their specific business needs,” said Hoo. “To truly become a digital enterprise, it is vital that businesses implement the right infrastructure and create a digital workspace for their employees to access these cloud-based capabilities. These will in turn foster innovation, collaboration and creativity within the enterprise.”

With more than 15 years of experience in the enterprise tech industry, Viswanathan will be responsible for driving VMware’s product strategy in the SEAK region as the company’s new regional director of CloudHealth. Viswanathan is focused on accelerating the digital transformation of organizations in this region with VMware’s leading cloud computing services, helping businesses raise their performances in areas of cost management, governance, automation and security. Prior to joining VMware, Viswanathan held leadership roles at Fortinet, Dell EMC and HCL Technologies where he led strategic sales initiatives across APJ.

“Asia’s economic boom presents businesses in the region with tremendous opportunities, the key lies in harnessing digital innovations for better business outcomes,” said Viswanathan. “VMware’s industry-leading cloud management solutions will help organizations supercharge their multi-cloud strategies for greater architectural flexibility and security as they grow in lockstep with the region’s continued economic sucess.”  

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