VMWare’s Diane Greene staying put

May 20, 2008

With one high-profile female Silicon Valley CEO swapping her executive office for a more political challenge, another — VMWare co-founder Diane Greene — says she’s sticking around.

I have built VMware. I am really excited about where we are going to be able to take this company and I am quite engaged in doing that. I am here for the foreseeable future.

I feel like we have been through several stages in VMware’s existence. Products-wise we are in a position now where every CIO appreciates what we do and knows that they can trust us, and puts us in a position where we have a pretty exciting future.

Diane Greene, CEO and co-founder of Vmware Inc., speaks during the Reuters Global Technology, Media and Telecom SummitHowever, after running the show at VMWare since founding it a decade ago, its hard to avoid the comparison between Green and Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay.

Whitman stepped down this year, sticking to her mantra that any CEO in charge for more than 10 years has overstayed their usefulness.

Whitman has since been running her family’s foundation, and continues to be talked about as a possible candidate for anything from the California Governor’s seat to a higher office in Washington.

Not so for Greene. At the Reuters Technology Media and Telecoms Summit, she stated plainly…

…I am not planning to be Governor of California.

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