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This is done on the Linux CLI

Extract OVA

tar -xvf example.ova

Check for term virtualbox

cat *.ovf | grep virtualbox 

Remove it in place vm vmx-# (#=VMware VM Version/Generation)

sed -i -e 's/virtualbox-2.2/vmx-11/g' *.ovf  && chmod 777 *

Prove virtualbox is gone

cat *.ovf | grep virtualbox 

Credit : http://www.baconapplications.com/export-a-virtualbox-machine-to-vmware/

Uninstall VirtualBox Guest Additions via

sudo mount /dev/cdrom1 /mnt/cdrom
sudo /mnt/cdrom/VBoxLinuxAdditions.run uninstall

Install VMWare Tools

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