February 02, 2011, 1:48 PM — VMware's Paul Maritz has given up his title of president to four senior executives who will serve as co-presidents of the EMC-owned company as it increasingly goes up against Microsoft in the virtualization market. With Maritz - himself a former Windows executive - continuing to hold the CEO title, three of the top five executives at VMware are now ex-Microsoft officials.
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Richard McAniff, Tod Nielsen, Mark Peek and Carl Eschenbach will be the four co-presidents, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
McAniff spent 21 years at Microsoft and was the corporate vice president of Microsoft Office before joining VMware in 2009. Previously VMware's executive vice president of products and chief development officer, he was named co-president of products and chief development officer.
Nielsen spent 12 years at Microsoft and was the vice president of Microsoft's platform group. Previously VMware's COO, he was named co-president of the applications platform.
Peek's most notable former employer is Amazon.com. He was CFO and now adds the title of co-president of business operations. Nielsen and Peek have been with VMware since 2009 and 2007, respectively.
Eschenbach, who's been with VMware since 2002, held various positions at 3Com, Lucent and EMC. He was promoted from executive vice president of worldwide field operations to co-president of customer operations.
VMware essentially created the market for x86 server virtualization, but cast off its founders Diane Greene and Mendel Rosenblum when Microsoft started making noise by adding the Hyper-V virtualization platform to Windows Server.