3. Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware - Top IT Influencers

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3. Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware - Top IT Influencers

Gelsinger's original plan was not to run VMware. He was responsible for much of Intel's 486 and Pentium processor designs and was in a position to become CEO of the company. However, as that became rather unlikely with Sean Maloney's advancement, Gelsinger accepted a position as COO at EMC and recently moved to EMC-owned VMware as CEO. At VMware, Gelsinger is quickly moving up in Silicon Valley's league of most powerful personalities and is leading VMware's idea of a "software defined datacenter." He may not be the most enthusiastic and entertaining speaker on a stage, but having learned his trade from the legendary Andy Grove, he is one of the brightest technologists in IT today. What Gelsinger says, is worth paying attention to.

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