VMware Inc. (VMW:US), the largest maker of software that lets computers run multiple operating systems, said it’s hiring Tony Scott, former chief information officer at Microsoft Corp. (MSFT:US), for the same position.
Scott, who left Microsoft in May after five years, will report to Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer of VMware, the company said in a statement today. Scott’s departure was announced in June, when Microsoft said he planned to focus on personal projects. Prior to that, Scott served as CIO at Walt Disney Co. (DIS:US) and chief technology officer at General Motors Corp.
VMware’s hiring of a new CIO comes days after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced plans to resign within a year, after missing opportunities to take the maker of Windows software beyond personal computers and into a leading position in products such as smartphones, Web search and tablet computing. VMware is Microsoft’s main rival in the market for so-called virtualization software, which lets companies combine multiple tasks on a single server.
VMware is holding its VMworld conference beginning today in San Francisco.
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