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EMC Execs Regroup

EMC has lost an executive some thought might succeed Joe Tucci -- that is, if Tucci ever retires. (See EMC Shuffles Execs.)

David DeWalt, 42, EMC's president of customer operations and content management software, will start April 2 as the CEO of security software company McAfee Inc., which lost its CEO George Samenuk in October 2006 in a stock options investigation.

DeWalt, the ex-CEO of Documentum, stayed on after EMC took over the company in 2003. (See EMC Cops Documentum.) He was often mentioned, along with EMC vice chairman Bill Teuber, as a potential successor to Joe Tucci. (See EMC Execs Jockey for Position.)

To replace DeWalt, EMC has expanded Teuber's job, making him head of customer operations. The other half of DeWalt's job, heading up EMC's Content Management (Documentum, etc.) and Archive (Legato, etc.) division, will be taken over jointly by Balaji Yelamanchili and Mike DeCesare, who both will answer directly to Tucci.

The shuffling adds to the current lineup of division execs provided when EMC announced its "one EMC" initiative and year-end 2006 results. (See Tucci Aims for 'One EMC'.) Any one of these could be considered as a potential Tucci successor. The updated list includes:

  • Art Coviello, EVP, EMC Corp. and president, RSA
  • Balaji Yelamanchili and Mike DeCesare, co-GMs, Content Management and Archive
  • Dave Donatelli, EVP, Storage Product Operations
  • Howard Elias, EVP, Global Services and Resource Management Software Group
  • Diane Greene, EVP, EMC Corp. and president, VMware
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