Chief Operating Officer, Customer Operations at VMWare
Sanjay Poonen joined VMware in August 2013 and is responsible for worldwide sales, services, ecosystem and alliances, global marketing and communications and cross-portfolio product marketing. Previously, Poonen held the role of Executive Vice President and General Manager for the End-User Computing business unit at VMware.
In this role, he was responsible for strategy, products, engineering, marketing and sales across all of VMware’s End-User Computing offerings. Before VMware, Poonen was president and corporate officer of Platform Solutions and the Mobile Division at SAP AG. During his more than seven years at SAP, Poonen held several executive-level roles in product development and sales, including leading SAP’s Analytics, Big Data, Mobile and all Industry Business Units, driving many solutions to industry-leading market positions.
Prior to SAP, Poonen held executive roles at Symantec, VERITAS and Informatica, and he began his career as a software engineer at Microsoft, followed by Apple.
Poonen holds two patents as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated a Baker Scholar; a master’s degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University; and a bachelor’s degree in comput er science, math and engineering from Dartmouth College, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.