CEOs can come across as the chief sales officers in interviews, aggressively repeating bullet points that may or may not answer the question at hand. Paul Maritz, CEO of VMware, is not that type of guy. From all appearances, he is a deep thinker with a philosophical bent -- not to mention he has bona fide technical credentials that stretch back to first half of the 1980s, when he helped Intel create programming tools for its emerging x86 platform.
Before becoming CEO of VMware, where he replaced founder and CEO Diane Green in 2008, Maritz was best known for his 14-year stint at Microsoft, during which time he oversaw the development and marketing of Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Visual Studio, and SQL Server, as well as the Office and Exchange product lines.
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