VMware Appoints Industry Vet Ray O’Farrell as Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Cloud infrastructure vendor, VMware, has announced the appointment of Ray O’Farrell to the role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Development Officer. In the combined CTO and CDO role, he will be responsible for orchestration across all of VMware‘s R&D Business Units and will lead VMware’s CTO team.

Ray O’Farrell most recently served as General Manager of VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center Division. This appointment is effective immediately and O’Farrell will continue to report to Pat Gelsinger, VMware’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). O’Farrell succeeds Ben Fathi who served as VMware’s CTO from 2014 to 2015.

“As VMware continues to evolve its research and development efforts, Ray O’Farrell will work in close partnership with our business unit leaders and world class R&D teams to drive industry-leading innovation,” said Pat Gelsinger. “He brings extensive and invaluable experience in managing a wide range of our global R&D teams as well as developing and releasing many of our most impactful products.”

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“Ray brings extensive and invaluable experience in managing a wide range of our global R&D teams as well as developing and releasing many of our most impactful products,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware.

Ray O’Farrell is a long time VMware veteran, having joined the company in 2003 to build out the storage technologies of VMware ESX (later VMware vSphere). Over his tenure, he has led development teams across the entire VMware global R&D footprint and product portfolio.

Mr. O’Farrell has more than 20 years of experience in software engineering and product delivery. Before joining VMware, O’Farrell led product development teams at Microtec/Mentor-Graphics, Improv Systems, Industrial and Scientific Imaging and Ashling Microsystems. Mr. O’Farrell holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and a Master of Engineering in Computer Science, both from the University of Limerick in Ireland.

With 2014 revenues of $6 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world.