VMware hires Borland CEO as its new COO

VMware starts the new year hiring away the Borland CEO Tod Nielsen.

Prior to Borland, Nielsen served as senior vice president, marketing and global sales support for Oracle Corporation. Prior to Oracle, Nielsen was the chief marketing officer and executive vice president of engineering at BEA Systems, where he had overall responsibility for BEA’s worldwide marketing strategy and operations, as well as all research and development operations. Nielsen joined BEA after the acquisition of his private company, Crossgain Inc., where he served as its chief executive officer.

Anyway the most interesting news is that Nielsen worked for twelve years at Microsoft where he possibly met Paul Maritz, the new VMware CEO.

Nielsen, who will work as COO and will report directly to Maritz, is the second Microsoft executive that VMware hires.