VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger speaks at George Fox Oct. 9

September 30, 2019

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Gelsinger, Intel’s first chief technology officer, drove the creation of key industry technologies, including USB and Wi-Fi and now heads VMware, a multi-billion dollar company “at the center of the IT universe.”

Sept. 30, 2019 - Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, will give a free lecture on balancing work, family and faith Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in George Fox University’s Bauman Auditorium.

VMware is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and digital workspace technology and a recent article on VMware in Forbes described the company this way: “It’s not an exaggeration to say that VMware stands at the center of the IT universe. The company’s software touches nearly every element of modern IT architecture.” VMware employs more than 24,000 employees and revenue for fiscal 2018 was nearly $9 billion.

Gelsinger brings almost 40 years of technology and leadership experience. Since coming to VMware in 2012, Gelsinger has doubled the size of VMware, which software powers the world’s complex digital infrastructure. The company’s compute, cloud, mobility, networking, and security offerings provide a dynamic and efficient digital foundation to over 500,000 customers globally, aided by an ecosystem of 75,000 partners. Based on his efforts, Fortune Magazine named Gelsinger one of their top “Businesspersons of the Year” in 2018.

Prior to joining VMware, Gelsinger was president and chief operating officer of EMC’s Infrastructure and Products Group. There, he was responsible for all of EMC’s products – including storage, data analytics, security, management and data protection products, analytics, and the large majority of EMC’s revenue.

Gelsinger began his career at Intel where he spent 30 years. The respected IT industry veteran became Intel’s first chief technology officer and drove the creation of key industry technologies, including USB and Wi-Fi. As the architect of the original 80486 processor, Gelsinger also played a significant role in steering Intel to dominance in the microprocessor supplier market.

Gelsinger is one of the most visible Christian leaders of a publicly traded company today. “Smart, aggressive, arrogant– he’ll fit right in,” Intel’s Ron Smith described Gelsinger following his initial interview. Such determination allowed Gelsinger to excel in his career but often required neglecting any concept of a work-life balance. Gelsinger realized he needed to bring some equilibrium of energy between both business and family; in 2003 he wrote a book entitled, “Balancing Family, Faith and Work.” A second edition, “The Juggling Act,” was released in 2008. Gelsinger has authored more than 20 technical publications, including the foundational “Programming the 80386,” and holds seven patents in the areas of VLSI design, computer architecture, and communications.

He earned a master's degree from Stanford University in 1985, his bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in 1983 (magna cum laude), and an associate degree from Lincoln Technical Institute in 1979 – all in electrical engineering. In 2008, he was named a Fellow of the IEEE.

Gelsinger is involved with a range of Christian charities and regularly preaches and teaches work-life balance in a variety of church, business, and international settings.

Gelsinger’s lecture is part of the university’s presidential lecture series.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best National University.” More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, seven seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Missy Terry
Chief of Staff
George Fox University