VMware’s executive suites in Palo Alto are starting to resemble Microsoft’s platform group, circa 1999.
Today the company announced that Tod Nielsen, 43, is joining as chief operating officer. He’ll work for one of his former Microsoft bosses, VMware Chief Executive Paul Maritz.
Nielsen spent 12 years at Microsoft, rising to platform vice president, before leaving to start Crossgain. That’s the Eastside startup that fizzled after Microsoft enforced non-compete contracts tying up Nielsen and Adam Bosworth.
Neilsen went on to BEA, Oracle and then Borland, where he’s been chief executive since 2005.
Maritz acknowledged their history in his press release quote:
“In this newly created role, Tod brings unique skills and capabilities that will help us improve our operational focus and enhance our execution across all areas of the business. With Tod on board, I will be able to devote more of my time to the product strategy and development, while Tod focuses more on business, marketing, and operations. Having worked closely with Tod in the past, I know that we will work effectively together and complement each other.”