I am delighted to welcome Dr. David Tennenhouse to VMware’s R&D community. He has joined as our new Chief Research Officer. The Chief of Research function is a new role within VMware’s CTO Office, and David will lead that team to shape its strategy and execution of its mission of driving thought leadership and accelerating VMware’s technology leadership. David will be tasked with overseeing many of the strategic efforts coming out of the Office of the CTO (OCTO), including our numerous innovation programs as well as our engagement with our academic partners around research.
David has a strong track record of driving innovation and research in academia and in the industry. He joins us from Microsoft, where he was a Corporate Vice President and led their Technology Policy group. David was previously a Partner at New Venture Partners, where he focused on the creation of spin-outs from corporate R&D teams. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Platform Strategy at Amazon and CEO of its A9.com subsidiary. Before Amazon/A9, David was Vice President and Director of Research at Intel Corporation where he pioneered an “open collaborative” approach to corporate research. This was, in part, based on his earlier work as DARPA’s Chief Scientist and Director of its Information Technology Office.
At both DARPA and Intel, he was involved in the strategic planning and execution of programs related to a wide range of technologies, including distributed/cloud computing, networking, computer architecture, wireless communications, machine learning, search/data mining, image processing, robotics, MEMs, healthcare, and nano/bio-technology. David holds a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. As a faculty member at MIT, he led research on high-speed networking, active networks, software radio and telecommunications policy. David is also a member of the ACM, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the FCC’s Technology Advisory Council.
I couldn’t be more thrilled to have David join us. Welcome to VMware, David!