Did VMWare Need a Change?

Jul. 9.08 | About: VMware, Inc. (VMW)

The big tech story Tuesday was the sacking of VMWare (NYSE:VMW) CEO Diane Greene. VMWare, of course, is/was the red-hot virtualization spinoff from EMC (NYSE:EMC). It came public last year, promptly rocketed to the moon, though the stock has since fallen on hard times.

So did VMWare need a change? Probably there's lots of reading to be done -- I haven't had the chance to do much yet -- though this piece by Ashlee Vance at El Reg (as they call it) is pretty interesting, basically arguing that it's more about politics and personality than anything to do with Greene's performance. I don't know enough to say whether it's correct or not.