Faces of Business 2007 – Diane Greene, VMware CEO
To understand the heady success of Palo Alto’s VMware , you need to understand its CEO, Diane Greene.
The president of one of the valley’s hottest companies is a private person who loathes talking about herself. But the breakaway performance of her company – which has become the fourth-largest publicly traded software firm in the world after an initial public offering in August – has much to do with the woman who runs it.
An MIT- and UC Berkeley-trained engineer and computer scientist, she brings a geek’s eye for results to VMware’s business of virtualization. As a lifelong sailor, she provides a sense of patience, poise and long-term vision as CEO. And as the third of four children, she’s always looking for ways to broker peace and establish partnerships.
It’s these traits that have helped VMware register the largest tech IPO since Google and become one of the biggest business stories of the year. The company, founded in 1998 by Greene and husband Mendel Rosenblum, owns more than 80 percent of the emerging virtualization market.
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