VMware has filed a lawsuit in opposition to its former main operating officer Rajiv Ramaswami more than his recent exit to get up the main executive job at Nutanix.
Ramaswami moved to Nutanix previously this month, nevertheless VMware alleges he breached “legal and contractual responsibilities and obligations” to it in executing so.
“For at minimum two months right before resigning from [VMware], at the exact time he was doing the job with senior leadership to form VMware’s key strategic vision and route, Mr. Ramaswami also was secretly conference with at minimum the CEO, CFO, and apparently the complete board of directors of Nutanix to develop into Nutanix’s main executive officer,” VMware explained in a assertion.
“He joined Nutanix as its CEO only two times right after leaving VMware.”
Ramaswami formally joined Nutanix on December 9, succeeding co-founder Dheeraj Pandey as CEO.
VMware claimed Ramaswami “demonstrated bad judgement and had a very clear and prolonged period of conflict of desire.”
“He must have disclosed this conflict of desire to VMware so that the company could have taken methods to secure alone, but he did not notify VMware, and as a result deprived the company of the means to do so by concealing his Nutanix-related actions,” VMware billed.
VMware explained it predicted staff to “honour their commitments to the company”.
“Executive officers must be held to an even greater common,” it explained.
VMware extra that it had experimented with to stay away from litigation but claimed Ramaswami and Nutanix “refused to engage … in a satisfactory fashion.”
The vendor explained it was striving to secure its brand and the “billions of dollars” used on its roadmap and R&D.
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Nutanix explained it and Ramaswami had “gone higher than and outside of to be proactive and cooperative with VMware during the changeover”.
“VMware’s lawsuit seeks to make interviewing for a new occupation wrongful,” Nutanix explained in a assertion.
“We check out VMware’s misguided motion as a response to shedding a deeply valued and respected member of its leadership crew.
“It is disappointing to see VMware’s administration sue him just for the reason that he chose to go after an option to develop into a general public company CEO.
“We believe that VMware’s motion is very little additional than an unfounded try to hurt a competitor and we intend to vigorously protect this issue in court.”