Vmrun start command is not working from gitlab

I am using VMWorkstation pro and trying to automate VM operations. vmrun start command is not working from gitlab. it gives “Error: There was an error in communication” message. All other commands (including Guest Operating System Commands) are working except start command.

FYI - All commands are working well when I executed them directly on host.
Below are the commands I tried and I used gitlab-runner service which runs on my windows account credentials.

vmrun start “valid vmx path”

vmrun start “valid vmx path” nogui

Please provide suggestions