VMware poaches top Citrix desktop virtualization talent: it just got real in here.

Gigaom

VMware has hired two Citrix execs to drive its desktop virtualization push — and let’s face it: if you want to bolster your desktop virtualization story, Citrix is the place to go hunting for talent.

The details: VMware named Bob Schultz, formerly group VP and GM of desktop and applications for Citrix, as its new “chief strategy lead” for VMware’s End User Computing (EUC) group, according to a blog post by Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM of that unit (pictured above.)

And perhaps even more important, VMware snagged Sumit Dhawan from Citrix to lead VMware’s desktop business organization overseeing “strategy, product portfolio and engineering.” He spent 16 years at Citrix, where he was most recently group VP and GM for enterprise mobility. VMware also promoted insider Kit Colbert to be CTO of the unit.

The consensus is that Dhawan, in particular, is a huge loss from the Citrix perspective. “This is a big…

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