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Updated: Blackman hands VMware partner reins to King

David Blackman resigns and will relocate to the UK for personal reasons

VMware partner director, David Blackman, has quit his post after two-and-half years. He is being replaced by Oracle partner manager and industry veteran, Fred King.

Blackman said he was relocating to the UK after six-and-a-half-years in Australia for family reasons. His last day at VMware is July 31. King will join the virtualisation vendor in mid-July and work alongside Blackman at several roadshows to learn the ropes.

“We felt like we needed to bring in someone with experience, stature and reputation in the industry. This business has a lot of growth, and it needs to expand, so we needed an experienced person,” Blackman said. “Fred has a strong reputation and from all accounts, is a fantastic guy. He’s coming into a great opportunity.”

Blackman joined VMware as its first partner manager in December 2006 following a stint with security vendor, Symantec.

He has started scouting out potential opportunities in the UK, but hoped to have some time off first to regroup.

Blackman said he had thoroughly enjoyed his time at VMware. A highlight was watching its channel business, and smaller partners, develop and expand.

“We have had tremendous growth and the partner relationships we have built with the hardware manufacturers, storage guys like EMC, HP have been fantastic. But it’s also been seeing the smaller partners like Oriel and Thomas Duryea, as well as the community, grow phenomenally,” Blackman said. “It comes down to the people within VMware and particularly the partner community. And I know that when I go, I’ll still be in contact with everyone.

“I leave with mixed emotions.”

King said he had been discussing the position with VMware since Blackman flagged his intentions to head overseas several months ago and was excited by the chance to work with the organisation.

“The main reason I am leaving is it’s an excellent opportunity with a channel-centric company, which sits well with me, that’s growing rapidly,” he told ARN. “Oracle is not as channel-centric, and I guess I wasn’t as happy there as it had more of a direct-sales focus. My role at Oracle is also being split up in a few pieces.”

King was unable to comment on whether he would be replaced.