- New appointment will further accelerate cloud and digital transformation journeys for customers in fast-growing, dynamic markets in Asia including Sri Lanka
- Move complements VMware’s strengthened focus on supporting business transformation amidst region’s fast developing digital economy
VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a leading innovator in enterprise software, today announced the appointment of Venkatesh Murali as Head of Channels, Nascent and Vietnam. Armed with almost two decades of solutions sales and channel development experience, Venkatesh will focus on driving VMware’s growth in Sri Lanka and other developing markets by delivering VMware’s industry-leading innovations to help organizations in the region build, run, manage, connect and protect their businesses for an increasingly digital future.
“Sri Lanka’s vibrant, dynamic enterprise sector is undergoing rapid digital transformation, and has driven its ICT sector workforce to grow by 50.7% between 2014 and 2018 and a further 16% in 2019. With its fast-developing digital economy, coupled with the Sri Lankan government’s implementation of the National Digital Policy 2020 – 2025, VMware is excited to deepen our support for business transformation in the country as well as other developing economies in the region as it charges ahead into the digital economy,” said Sanjay K. Deshmukh, vice president and managing director, Southeast Asia and Korea, VMware. “The addition of Venkatesh to our Nascent Markets and Vietnam leadership team will sharpen VMware’s focus on extending our hybrid and multi-cloud solutions to Sri Lanka, empowering enterprises with the tools to leapfrog their business transformation through technology in an exciting growth phase aided by the new digital economy.”
Prior to joining VMware, Venkatesh was Head of Software Defined Infrastructure, Central Asia Pacific for Lenovo Enterprise Solutions, where he led the Software Defined Solutions & Datacenter sales strategy for governments, corporations, and small and medium businesses across the region. He also built and led the customer advisory team for Enterprise Solutions while Head of Global Computing and Networking Solutions at Dell Global BV. He joins a strong stable of VMware Channel and Partner leaders for the wider region that includes Fan Qu, director, Partner Business, Southeast Asia and Korea, as well as Uma Thana Balasingam vice president and channel chief, Asia Pacific and Japan.
“Digital transformation is a top priority for enterprises, particularly in Sri Lanka. With the limitless opportunities afforded by hybrid cloud and multi-cloud, VMware enables its partners to leverage the cutting-edge solutions to accelerate business enhancement initiatives,” said Venkatesh. “Channel partners are core to VMware’s strategy to build a vibrant ecosystem encompassing both developed and developing markets. Accessing and utilizing cloud capabilities are the first step for enterprises seeking to harness innovation and architectural flexibility in their continuous evolution.”
Caption: VMware Nascent and Vietnam Head of
Channels Venkatesh Murali
 IT-BPM Workforce Survey 2019, Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka, Aug 2019.
 National Digital Policy for Sri Lanka 2020 – 2025, Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology (MDIIT) & Information and Communication Agency of Sri Lanka, Oct 2019.