Microsoft veteran Tony Scott is new VMware CIO

Brings 30 years experience of running global IT operations, and will report to chief executive Pat Gelsinger.

VMware has a new CIO and senior vice president, Tony Scott, who moves to this role from Microsoft. Scott’s appointment was released this morning in San Francisco, at the first day of VMworld, the company’s annual user forum.

“Tony will have responsibility for advancing and protecting VMware information assets, leading a team that is helping VMware meet the IT needs of more than 500,000 customers worldwide,” says VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger.

Before this, Scott was corporate vice president and CIO at Microsoft. He held the same role at Walt Disney and was also CTO at General Motors.

He replaces Mark Egan, who left VMware in December 2012, and is now a partner at StrataFusion Group.

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Scott, who reports to VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, says he is joining an “all-star” executive team and a tremendous group of IT professionals.

“The software defined datacentre provides a tremendous opportunity for IT organisations to become a source of business differentiation as organisations move into the next era of IT,” says Scott.

He has a bachelor of science in information systems management from the University of San Francisco, and a juris doctorate from Santa Clara University. He is also a member of, CIO magazine’s Hall of Fame.

Divina Paredes is attending VMworld in San Francisco as a guest of VMware.

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