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Malala Yousafzai to Speak at VMworld 2018

Malala Yousafzai to Join VMware CEO, COO, CTO as Keynote Speakers

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a leading innovator in enterprise software, today unveiled the General Session Keynote speakers and sponsorship list for the 15th annual VMworld® 2018 U.S.

Amongst the innovators and visionaries highlighted at VMworld, on Tuesday, Aug. 28, Sanjay Poonen, COO, VMware Customer Operations, will host Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for girls’ education, Oxford student, and the youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In a conversation with Yousafzai, she will share her perspective on the challenges that girls face in their communities as well as the bright opportunities to create greater access to education for them across the globe.

“Malala and her fight for educational rights of girls and children around the world is an inspiring example of how one person can ignite a ‘force for good,’ even in the face of adversity,” said Poonen. “As an organization committed to leading the industry in innovating to solve some of the toughest challenges of our time and serving as a force for good, we are honored to have Malala take the stage at VMworld 2018 U.S.”

VMworld 2018 U.S. begins on Aug. 26, 2018 in Las Vegas and will feature more than 650 unique breakout sessions from VMware and its community of partners and customers. This year's conference is supported by more than 230 sponsors and exhibitors, including Global Diamond Sponsors Amazon Web Services, Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Intel and OVHcloud.

VMware’s General Session Keynotes, presented Monday and Tuesday, will feature senior executives who will showcase VMware’s business strategy, customer stories and product offerings that form the digital foundation that helps customers securely connect, manage and automate their complex digital infrastructures.

On Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. PDT, the event will kick off with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and VMware Executive Vice President and CTO, Ray O’Farrell, partnering to shine a spotlight on the key technologies responsible for advancing VMware innovation – private cloud, hybrid cloud, cloud ops, and next-generation apps and digital workspace.

The Day 1 General Session Keynote will be available live via webcast at the VMworld homepage on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. PDT:

In addition to hosting Yousafzai, on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, Sanjay Poonen will kick off the second day with conversations with customers about their the digital transformations.

Malala is also the author of the international bestseller I Am Malala and was named one of ‘The 100 Most Influential People in the World’ in 2013 by TIME magazine. As co-founder of Malala Fund, she is building a global movement of support for girls’ education.

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