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The following is an email sent to all employees from Edward Hieatt, Pivotal’s Senior Vice President, Customer Success, and Integration Lead. This email was sent on August 30, 2019.


Subject: Acquisition Update

From: Edward Hieatt

To: All Employees


Pivots -


Pivotal was a big part of Pat Gelsinger’s and Ray O’Farrell’s exciting keynotes at VMworld this week. There’s a lot in those keynotes, and you may not have had a chance to watch them, so I asked Ian to produce a concise video that describes what Tanzu is and how Pivotal’s products and services fit into VMware’s “Build, Run, Manage” strategy. I highly recommend everyone watch Ian’s video.


As Rob said, Ray will lead the Pivotal integration planning on the VMware side. Ray and I met this week to kick off integration planning and had a very productive session. We agreed to adhere, throughout the integration planning process, to the following guiding principles concerning the expected acquisition (which is still subject to necessary approvals):


·                  VMware is acquiring Pivotal because it is expanding its ambition with customers to cover the application/developer space, and Pivotal has the expertise to deliver that part of the Tanzu vision.

·                  VMware recognizes the power of what Pivotal has learned about delivering business outcomes with software and services.

·                  VMware sees aligned value in Pivotal’s software portfolio and intends to integrate it into the Tanzu vision to deliver a high productivity developer experience on Kubernetes.

·                  By combining forces, we can bring the expertise of Pivotal together with the broad reach and influence of VMware.

·                  We must keep the Pivotal business stable during this time, and we don’t intend for the integration process to be disruptive to our business.


While there are many open items to work on, I want all of you to understand the core reasons why VMware intends to acquire Pivotal, and how important it is to VMware that what Pivotal has built continues to thrive.


The next step is for each company to name its integration planning team, consisting of functional leaders who will be responsible for proposing integration plans for each part of Pivotal, and we will hold kickoff meetings for each in the coming weeks. My goal is to ensure that all voices are heard, so some of you will be actively involved. However, it is also critical that we don’t let this process distract us from running the business. I want to be clear: there is



a time and a place for Integration planning discussions. Any discussions held outside of those forums will not be part of the integration plan.


And as Rob said, we’re committed to transparency and sharing details as soon as we have them. To that end, I will send a weekly update to everyone every Tuesday that will include the latest integration updates, as well as an updated Q&A. All of that information will be stored on the Inside Pivotal “In the Know” page, so I encourage everyone to continue to visit the page for the latest and greatest info.


-                    Edward


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In connection with the proposed merger, Pivotal will file a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). STOCKHOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE BECAUSE IT WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Stockholders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement (when available) and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC from the SEC’s website at In addition, stockholders will be able to obtain, without charge, a copy of the proxy statement and other relevant documents (when available) at Pivotal’s website at or by contacting Pivotal’s investor relations department via e-mail at



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