The leader of one of the world's biggest enterprise institutions talks candidly about life after Dell acquired his company and how legacy brands stay innovative in a startup-focused world.
Pat Gelsinger , VMware
Pat Gelsinger is CEO of VMware, a Dell Technologies strategically aligned business. He has held this position since 2012.
Before VMware, Gelsinger led EMC's information infrastructure products business as president and chief operating officer, overseeing engineering and operations for information storage, data computing, backup and recovery, RSA security and enterprise solutions as well as the office of the CTO.
Prior to EMC, Gelsinger spent 30 years in numerous technical, management and executive roles at Intel, where he began his career. He led Intel's digital enterprise group, the company's largest business unit, and was responsible for enterprise products including the Xeon and Itanium processors. He also led the desktop products group, responsible for desktop processors, chipsets and motherboards for consumer and commercial customers. Gelsinger was Intel's first chief technology officer, and as the head of Intel Labs, he led many of the company's research initiatives. He was also the architect of the original 80486 processor and a design engineer on the 80386 and 80286 processor design teams.
Gelsinger holds six patents in the areas of VLSI design, computer architecture and communications, is a well-known speaker on technology trends, and has received a variety of industry awards. He earned an associate's degree from Lincoln Technical Institute in 1979, a bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in 1983 (magna cum laude) and a master's degree from Stanford University in 1985, all in electrical engineering. In 2008, he was named a Fellow of the IEEE and awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 2008 from William Jessup University.