Carl M Eschenbach


Carl M. Eschenbach


Carl Eschenbach is CEO at Workday, and has been a member of the company’s board of directors since 2018. Carl joined Workday in December of 2022, serving as co-CEO alongside Co-Founder Aneel Bhusri before becoming sole CEO in February of 2024.

Carl has more than 35 years of experience leading and scaling successful technology companies. Prior to Workday, Carl was a general partner for more than 6 years at venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. Previously, Carl spent 14 years at VMware, Inc. in various roles including president, chief operating officer, acting chief financial officer, and executive vice president of worldwide field operations. Prior to joining VMware in 2002, Carl held various sales management positions with Inktomi, 3Com Corporation, Lucent Technologies, Inc., and EMC.

Throughout his career, Carl has been an active board member for leading technology companies. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Palo Alto Networks, Inc., and has previously served as a member of the board of directors of Aurora Innovation, Inc., Snowflake, Inc., UiPath, Inc., and Zoom Video Communications, Inc. Carl also continues to stay involved with Sequoia in a venture partner capacity.

Carl received an Electronics Technician diploma from DeVry University.