VMware chief executive Paul Maritz is set to the leave the company after four years of service to be replaced by the Pat Gelsinger from EMC, according to industry rumours.
V3 reporters in attendance at Microsoft's Office 2013 launch in San Francisco heard of the impending departure on Monday evening and the story has been widely reported.
V3 contacted VMware for confirmation of the management change but the firm declined to comment.
Maritz reportedly told Bloomberg News that the claims were "just speculation" but added nothing else and didn't dismiss the rumours outright.
Maritz joined VMware after a 14-year stint at Microsoft where he worked his way to executive vice president of the firm's platforms strategy and developer group liaising directly with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.
Gelsinger is the current chief operating officer of EMC's information infrastructure products and was previously the chief technology officer of Intel.
VMware recently updated the Zimbra collaboration platform that it acquired in 2010, turning it into a cloud-ready service for email and messaging in a direct challenge to Microsoft's Exchange tool.
The expected departure of Maritz comes as another chief executive role changed hands, with Google veteran Marissa Mayer handed the job of turning around Yahoo over incumbent interim chief executive Ross Levinsohn.
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