VMware elects Paul Sagan in the board of directors

Yesterday VMware announced that David Goulden, CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure and CFO of EMC, has left the board of directors.

Goulden will be replaced by Paul Sagan, former Akamai’s CEO, member of EMC’s board and partner and XIR with General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital focused on cloud computing, hyper-connectivity and mobility, media and big data.

Many analysts have always argued that Goulden was one of the possible candidates to succeed Joe Tucci as EMC Chair and CEO, together with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, that, after this announcement, said:

We are elated to have Paul Sagan, an accomplished business leader and industry veteran, join the VMware board of directors, with his rich experience as CEO of Akamai and his expertise in current IT trends as a venture capitalist, as well as his service on other board of directors of public companies, he will bring invaluable counsel and insight to the VMware board and executive team.