Women in Technology Hall of Fame

Yanbing Li, PhD

Yanbing Li, PhD

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Storage and Availability Business Uni, VMware

Inducted in 2018

Yanbing Li is a globally minded high tech executive with extensive leadership experience in general management and engineering in the United States and China. She is the senior vice president and general manager for the storage and availability business unit (SABU) at VMware.

Yanbing is responsible for a rich portfolio of products in software-defined storage, hyper-converged infrastructure (vSAN and VxRail), vSphere storage, data protection, and storage and availability services for the cloud. She leads product development, engineering, and go-to-market of this high growth business at VMware.

Under her leadership, SABU became the fastest growing business for VMware in the past two years with the market-leading product vSAN growing from under $100 million annual booking run rate to $600 million.

During her ten-year tenure with VMware, Yanbing held multiple executive leadership roles including general manager for vCloud air storage; VP of engineering for storage; VP of central engineering; VP of continuing product development; VP of global R&D sites, and managing director of China R&D.

She worked at Synopsys (a leading electronic design automation software maker) for nine years in various research, development, and engineering leadership roles.

Yanbing holds a PhD from Princeton University, a master’s degree from Cornell University, and a bachelor of science degree from Tsinghua University (Beijing) in electrical engineering and computer engineering.

She completed the Stanford Executive Program from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2014.

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