Former VMware exec Gillis resurfaces to run Cisco security business (again)

Industry veteran Tom Gillis, who left VMware in December, has returned to Cisco in a new but familiar role: senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Security Business Group. 

From 2007 to 2011, Gillis was vice president and general manager of Cisco’s then-called Security Technology Group, which focused on developing network, content and identity management products.

After that, Gillis founded cloud computing firm Bracket Computing, which was acquired by VMware in May 2018.

Gillis ran VMware’s $2 billion networking and security business from that point until this past December, and he was responsible for a number of its core products, including VMware’s NSX networking and network/edge software products. 

Gillis was part of a significant exodus from VMware in December that included the company’s vice president of cloud infrastructure Mark Lohmeyer and vice president of applications and management Ajay Patel. Broadcom is in midst of a complex acquisition of VMware for $61 billion in stock and cash.

The Wall Street Journal reported that VMware CEO Raghu Raghuram said of the executive departures: “As it happens during such transition, we find some executives decide to move on. All three have held leadership positions over several years and drove much impact across the business.”

Gillis will return to find a larger, more diversified Cisco security business today. This year, the group will be focused on developing a variety of products and implementing its recently introduced Security Cloud unified platform, which looks to tie security and networking services

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