In the combined CTO and CDO roles O’Farrell will be responsible for orchestration across all of VMware’s R&D business units and he will lead VMware’s CTO team.
Prior to this O’Farrell served as general manager of the Software-Defined Data Centre Division of VMware.
The appointment is effective immediately and O’Farrell will continue to report to Pat Gelsinger, VMware chief executive officer.
“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,” Gelsinger said.
“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.”
O’Farrell joined VMware in 2003 and has led development teams across the entire VMware global R&D footprint and product portfolio.
He has more than 20 years’ experience in software engineering and prior to joining VMware he led development teams at Microtec/Mentor-Graphics, Improv Systems and Ashling Microsystems.