Software company VMware loses its long serving Head of Channels & Alliances for Australia and New Zealand, Mr Neels Du Plooy who has been serving the company for about 9 years. Plooy served the company as its Head of local channel for the past 4 and a half years. VMware confirmed the high profile departure in a statement saying that its Director of Channels for Australia and New Zealand has left VMware. The company, in the statement, further wished Neels the best for his future endeavours and also thanked him for his commitment to the company partners during his tenure with the business.

About Neels Du Plooy

ANZ Channel chief says that the reason for his departure, effective immediately, is to take a short break before commencing efforts to a channel-centric role in the future. He joined VMware in the year 2012 and draws on over 15 years of experience in Australia as well as his native South Africa. His ecosystem career began in the early 2000s as Avaya’s Channel Account Manager. From Avaya, he moved on to spending more than 8 years at Cisco which was followed by 2 years as ShoreTel.

du Plooy has strong knowledge of Government, SMB & Mid-market, Service Provider along with Enterprise markets. Over his entire career he has managed multi-tiered channel models as well as built long-term executive relationships. He also holds a Diploma in Sales and Marketing Management from Damelin.

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Du Plooy on leaving VMware

Du Plooy said that he is very fortunate to have worked with the American software company VMware for this extended period of time. He says that this experience has in-turn exposed him to several different aspects of the business. du Plooy added that looking back, there are many highlights which include redefining the Partner Operating Model along with rolling this out first in Australia and New Zealand. 

The software company said in a statement that it is committed to its partners across the A/NZ region and while it searches for du Plooy’s replacement, its regional and local leaders along with its talented partner team will continue working very closely with its valued partner ecosystem. The news of du Plooy;s departure follows a recent shakeup in the local distribution strategy of VMware. The software company recently revealed that it had cut ties with Tech Data and has appointed Dicker Data as its new distributor.

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