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Virtual Iron's New CEO Outlines Plans

Virtualization startup Virtual Iron has shuffled its management pack in an attempt to take on VMware, appointing former EMC exec Ed Walsh as its new CEO.

The one-time general manager of EMC's data protection group takes the Virtual Iron reins from outgoing CEO John Thibault, who remains chairman of the board.

The new CEO told Byte and Switch that he was recruited by Thibault, who is keen to re-focus his energies on the product side of Virtual Iron's business. "He's chairman, he's still involved," he says. "My whole background is about driving growth and go-to-market."

Up until a year ago, Walsh was CEO of data-duplication specialist Avamar, which was bought by EMC for $165 million in November 2006.

The exec left EMC in February, subsequently consulting for "some VCs" and spending time with his family. "I learnt to surf with my two girls," he says. "I took six months off, but my wife [eventually] gave me an application form for Starbucks."

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