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EMC Splits Into Three

As part of the restructuring, top engineer Moshe Yanai has been sidelined. What's going on?

EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) announced Thursday a complete restructuring of the company, splitting into three operating units, one of which will house all the companys engineering under the leadership of one person (see EMC Trifurcates).

Most significantly, this person is not Moshe Yanai, currently head of engineering and the inventor of EMC’s flagship Symmetrix storage array. Instead, Yanai has been made a "Founder and EMC Fellow" and will report directly to CEO Joe Tucci in an advisory role, company officials said.

David Donatelli, an EMC veteran of over 10 years, will assume the new role of leading engineering for both the Symmetrix and Clariion products, as well as manufacturing.

The news follows hot on the heels of speculation that Yanai’s strong ties to the Symmetrix system, including at one time a royalty on its sales, was having too much of an influence on EMC’s product strategy (see Who Calls the Shots at EMC?).

“Having all platforms and manufacturing under one person will increase the efficiency of the organization,” says a spokesperson for EMC. “Future product deliveries, resources, and expertise will all reside in one place, simplifying the engineering procedure."

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