Prior to VMware, he was senior vice president of Engineering at Glam Media and general manager of its publisher products group. He was also the SVP of Engineering at Ning (which was acquired by Glam).
Viswanath will report to interim CEO Eric Lefkofsky as the company continues its search for a permanent leader at the helm.
The company recently reported underwhelming fourth-quarter financial results, including revenue of $638.3 million for the quarter, and earnings per share of -$0.12.
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