What next for Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey?

IDG Connect reflects on one of the most interesting CEOs of modern IT, Dheeraj Pandey, who is stepping down.


It’s now two months since Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey announced that he was stepping down from the management team at the pioneering datacentre company he co-founded 11 years ago, but I still can’t think of a comparison among modern tech companies for his pending departure.

Most CEOs leave because company performance is tanking, because they did a bad thing or because they get old but Pandey is walking away at the age of 45 from the top seat at a company with $1.3bn in annual revenues. Nutanix has a market cap of over $5bn, is still growing in the teeth of a pandemic after successfully executing a switch to subscription selling and has many opportunities to do more.

So, what gives?

Having met the man several times over a period of about seven-and-a-half years, I would say that he is atypical of CEOs in that he has a questing spirit to learn about the world outside technology and about himself. Oh, and the pandemic played a role too, giving him pause from the hamster wheel of corporate life with its spirit-sacking demands on time, brain-addling travel schedules and constant, tiresome focus from market watchers marking every action up and down and, well, people like me in the media.

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