VMware has filed a lawsuit in opposition to its former main working officer Rajiv Ramaswami around his current exit to choose up the main government function at Nutanix.
Ramaswami moved to Nutanix previously this thirty day period, having said that VMware alleges he breached “legal and contractual duties and obligations” to it in accomplishing so.
“For at least two months just before resigning from [VMware], at the exact time he was working with senior leadership to shape VMware’s crucial strategic eyesight and course, Mr. Ramaswami also was secretly assembly with at least the CEO, CFO, and evidently the overall board of administrators of Nutanix to become Nutanix’s main government officer,” VMware explained in a statement.
“He joined Nutanix as its CEO only two times right after leaving VMware.”
Ramaswami officially joined Nutanix on December 9, succeeding co-founder Dheeraj Pandey as CEO.
VMware claimed Ramaswami “demonstrated poor judgement and had a obvious and prolonged time period of conflict of desire.”
“He need to have disclosed this conflict of desire to VMware so that the organization could have taken actions to protect by itself, but he did not notify VMware, and so deprived the organization of the capability to do so by concealing his Nutanix-relevant actions,” VMware billed.
VMware explained it predicted staff members to “honour their commitments to the company”.
“Executive officers need to be held to an even better typical,” it explained.
VMware added that it had tried out to prevent litigation but claimed Ramaswami and Nutanix “refused to interact … in a satisfactory way.”
The vendor explained it was seeking to protect its model and the “billions of dollars” spent on its roadmap and R&D.
Update, 31/12 at 9.15am:
Nutanix explained it and Ramaswami had “long gone earlier mentioned and beyond to be proactive and cooperative with VMware all over the transition”.
“VMware’s lawsuit seeks to make interviewing for a new task wrongful,” Nutanix explained in a statement.
“We perspective VMware’s misguided action as a response to losing a deeply valued and revered member of its leadership group.
“It is disappointing to see VMware’s management sue him just since he chose to go after an chance to become a community organization CEO.
“We believe that that VMware’s action is very little extra than an unfounded endeavor to hurt a competitor and we intend to vigorously protect this subject in court docket.”