Templemore’s Ray is head of multinational tech firm VMWare

Templemore native and University of Limerick graduate Ray O’Farrell has been appointed chief technology officer of VMWare, the €30bn multinational tech company that specialises in cloud computing and virtualisation.

Templemore native and University of Limerick graduate Ray O’Farrell has been appointed chief technology officer of VMWare, the €30bn multinational tech company that specialises in cloud computing and virtualisation.

Mr O’Farrell, who has worked at VMWare for 12 years, has also become the company’s chief strategy officer.

VMWare had sales of over €5bn last year and employs over 18,000 people worldwide. The company has a base in Cork, which currently employs 750 people.

Mr O’Farrell, who lives in California, will be responsible for all of VMware’s R&D business units, according to the company, and will lead VMware’s CTO team. Mr O’Farrell most recently served as general manager of the company’s data centre Division. He previously worked for Limerick-based tech firm Ashling Microsystems.

“Ray O’Farrell will work in close partnership with our business unit leaders and world class R&D teams to drive industry-leading innovation,” said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer of VMware. “He brings extensive and invaluable experience in managing a wide range of our global R&D teams.”