VMware Sues Former COO Rajiv
December 30, 2020
VMware has initiated legal proceedings in the Superior Court of the
State of California, County of Santa Clara, against Rajiv Ramaswami,
VMware’s former COO, for material and ongoing breaches of his legal and
contractual duties and obligations to VMware.
In conjunction with the
filing, VMware has issued the following statement:
Rajiv Ramaswami failed to honor his fiduciary and contractual
obligations to VMware. For at least two months before resigning from the
company, at the same time he was working with senior leadership to shape
VMware’s key strategic vision and direction, Mr. Ramaswami also was
secretly meeting with at least the CEO, CFO, and apparently the entire
Board of Directors of Nutanix, Inc. to become Nutanix’s Chief Executive
Officer. He joined Nutanix as its CEO only two days after leaving
Ramaswami demonstrated poor judgement and had a clear and extended
period of conflict of interest. He should have disclosed this conflict
of interest to VMware so that the company could have taken steps to
protect itself. But he did not notify VMware, and thus deprived the
company of the ability to do so by concealing his Nutanix-related
VMware expects all employees to honor their commitments to the company,
and executive officers should be held to an even higher standard.
VMware is not a litigious company by nature. Indeed, the company tried
to resolve this matter without litigation. But Mr. Ramaswami and Nutanix
refused to engage with VMware in a satisfactory manner.
VMware spends billions of dollars on its roadmap and R&D to bring market
innovations to our customers and is committed to protecting our brand,
the technological innovations behind our brand, and the value we bring
to our customers.