Netapp Appoints New Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand

Australia, Sydney - 12 September 2006 - Network Appliance, Inc. (NetApp), a world leader in unified storage solutions, has appointed Peter O'Connor as managing director for Australia and New Zealand.

In his new role O'Connor will be responsible for all aspects of NetApp's business in Australia and New Zealand with all members of the local management team reporting to him.

O'Connor has 20 years experience in the IT industry with organisations including Macromedia (now Adobe), i2 Technologies, System Software Associates and IBM.

Prior to joining NetApp, O'Connor held the role of vice president Asia Pacific for Macromedia Inc, where he was responsible for building Macromedia's regional business to a level where it was a significant contributor to worldwide sales. During O'Connor's four years in this role, the company's revenue tripled and O'Connor was instrumental in signing several new business deals with international partners.

O'Connor's other roles have included regional vice president South Asia for i2 Technologies, general manager South Asia for SSA and various senior sales and marketing positions for IBM in Australia and China.

Charlie Trentacosti, vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific at Network Appliance, said, "Peter's appointment to this role is a positive step for NetApp, as he brings with him a wealth of experience and a list of outstanding achievements from his previous roles in Australia and around Asia Pacific."

Peter O'Connor said, "Joining NetApp is an exciting career change. My key focus areas over the next year will be exceeding customer expectations, growing the business in Australia and New Zealand as well expanding our channel capabilities and marketing reach. I am excited by the prospect of working with such a well-respected team and look forward to the challenges ahead."

O'Connor replaces Simon Green, who was previous managing director for NetApp, Australia and New Zealand. Green has been promoted to Vice President Go-to-Market Strategy Network Appliance.

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