Padmaja Vrudhula

Ms. Vrudhula leads product development in VMware’s Modern Applications Platform business unit. Focused on accelerating digital transformation through adoption of modern development practices, her team work on product capabilities for the migration and maintenance of heritage applications onto a Kubernetes platform. Previously, she was in the Office of the CTO focused on emerging technologies. She has several years of engineering leadership, strategy consulting, and process management experience. Ms. Vrudhula’s industry experience encompasses retail, healthcare, life-sciences, high-technology, manufacturing, telecom, and financial services. She is a passionate technologist (with multiple patents), a process wonk (certified PMP, ITIL, Agile Scrum Master, Six-Sigma, BPM), organizational change management specialist, and an experienced product development leader. Padmaja combines operational experience with thoughtful recommendations for the sustainable success of her teams and her customers.

Prior to VMware, Ms. Vrudhula was the SVP of Product, Services, and Strategy for an innovative SaaS BI company, Chief Strategist and Founder of a consulting company, the Director of Solution Delivery for Moss Adams LLP, a consultant with Deloitte Consulting in their CIO services practice, as well as a Business Solutions Manager for Washington Mutual’s Treasury, Capital Markets, and Market Risk groups.

Ms. Vrudhula holds an MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. At the University of Washington, she has been an Adjunct Professor, served on the Faculty Affairs Council as a graduate student representative (2018 – 2019), and completed a term this year as a graduate student representative on the Husky Seed Fund. She also volunteers with the Foster School as a mentor. She is a champion of Women in Technology and has spent the last five years working on models and processes which affect systemic change in enterprises.

At present, she is finishing her MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Washington, specializing in emerging technology (Blockchain, ML/AI, Quantum Computing etc.).