VMware A/NZ channels and general business director, John Donovan, has resigned from his position with the company. Donovan’s last day with VMware will be on November 5.
VMware A/NZ has issued an official statement confirming Donovan’s departure.
“VMware A/NZ can confirm that John Donovan has decided to leave VMware. We thank John for his considerable contributions to VMware during his five years here, and we wish him the best in his next endeavor,” it read.
ARN spoke to the ARN Hall of Fame inductee, who said he will be completing his outstanding tasks from home before taking on a new role.
“I will be finishing up bits and pieces from the home office before I start off at the next role at a new company,” he said.
“I’ve been at VMware for five years and I’ve been running the channel group. In the past 12 months, I’ve taken over some of the commercial and inside sales responsibilities, which was great, but it’s a big company and there are global structures. I’m now at an age where I’m looking for something a bit more agile.”
All Donovan can say for now is that he will soon be working for a smaller, more nimble US-based security company with a focus on identity management. The role will have a focus on the Asia-Pacific region and Donovan will still be based out of Sydney.
“Thirteen years of my 30-year career in IT was in the security space, specifically with Symantec. I’m looking forward to working in identity management as we’re in a world that’s moving towards the Internet of Everything and we’ve got all these connected devices,” he said.
In addition, he indicated the channel will still be a key focus for him in his new role.
“I’ve got a responsibility for the company’s entire operations and I will be very focused on building a channel go-to-market strategy as part of my priorities for the organisation. I’ve spent 30 years working in/or/with/through the channel and I’m still 100 per cent committed to it,” Donovan said.
According to Donovan, VMware will be going to the market in seeking a replacement.
“It’s a great role with seniority and control. Hopefully, it gets some good candidates,” Donovan added.
In his 30-year stint in the channel, Donovan has worked across a number of tech companies. Prior to his role in VMware, he was the Asia-Pacific and Japan vice-president of channels at Novell for two years.
Prior to Novell, he joined Symantec in 1995 as its North American distribution marketing manager and worked his way up the ranks becoming A/NZ channel sales manager in 1997. He was appointed A/NZ managing director in 1999. He was in this role for six years before jumping ship to Novell.
He has also worked for for NetComm, Merisel, and Imagineering.