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George Kurian Chief Executive Officer

George Kurian is chief executive officer at NetApp.

George joined the company in 2011, bringing his passion and relentless focus on execution to his leadership roles at NetApp. He was named CEO in June 2015.

Previously at NetApp, as executive vice president of Product Operations, George was responsible for the strategy and development of NetApp’s Product and Solutions portfolio. Before that George was senior vice president of the Data ONTAP group. He oversaw the product roadmap and engineering execution for the Data ONTAP operating system, the world’s most widely deployed branded storage operating system. George joined NetApp as senior vice president of the Storage Solutions Group at NetApp, where he was responsible for the solutions portfolio and joint partner technology integration.

Prior to joining NetApp, George was vice president and general manager of the Application Networking and Switching Technology Group at Cisco Systems. In this role, he was responsible for Cisco products for the modular campus LAN switching and WAN application delivery markets. He also led Cisco’s successful development of products and solutions to enable Ethernet-based converged networks for video, voice, and data.

George’s diverse background also includes the role of vice president at Akamai Technologies, management consulting at McKinsey & Company, and leading Software Engineering and Product Management teams at Oracle Corporation.

George holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University.

Mark Bregman Chief Technology Officer

Mark Bregman is NetApp’s chief technology officer (CTO). As CTO of NetApp, Mark leads the company’s strategic technical direction. His responsibilities include making sure that NetApp continues to have the best technology offerings in a dynamically evolving market, inspiring our engineers toward the long-term technical goals of the company, and helping to set and maintain a culture of innovation. In addition, Mark evaluates where the biggest technical opportunities and risks for the business are and focuses on capitalizing on them.

Mark has 30 years in the technology field, with experience ranging from semiconductor packaging and semiconductor process development and manufacturing to open systems hardware and software development, software as a system, big data, and the emerging Internet of Things (IoT). Before joining NetApp, Mark was CTO of SkywriterRX, Inc., an early stage startup using machine learning and natural language processing to analyze books. Prior to this he was CTO at Neustar; executive vice president and CTO of Symantec; executive vice president, Product Operations, at Veritas Corporation; CEO of Airmedia; and general manager, Pervasive Computing Division of IBM. He began his career as a research staff member in the Physical Science Department of the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.

Mark is director of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology; director of Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium; director of ShoreTel, Inc.; a member of the Naval Research Advisory Committee; a member of the American Physical Society; and a senior member of IEEE. Mark holds PhD, MA, and MPhil degrees in physics from Columbia University and a BA degree in physics from Harvard College.

Matthew Fawcett Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary

Matthew Fawcett is NetApp’s senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary. Matt leads the worldwide legal team. Under his leadership, NetApp’s legal team has been recognized for many achievements, including the Best Legal Department of 2014 (Best Legal Departments 2014, Corporate Counsel, June 1, 2014), one of the most innovative departments (The 2013 IC-10: Inside the Legal Profession’s Top Innovators, Inside Counsel Magazine, August 30, 2013), and as a top GC (America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel, The National Law Journal, March 31, 2014).

Throughout his career, Matthew has advised leading technology companies on a variety of issues, including mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, and litigation. Before joining NetApp, he was the senior vice president and general counsel of JDS Uniphase Corporation, where he built a worldwide legal organization, managed dozens of acquisitions and strategic transactions, and oversaw a patent program with thousands of issued and pending patents. 

Tom Gerstenberger Executive Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations

Tom Gerstenberger is executive vice president of Worldwide Field Operations at NetApp. In this role, Tom is responsible for the strategy and execution of all NetApp sales efforts, including our entire ecosystem of go-to-market channel and alliance partners. Previously, Tom held the roles of SVP and chief of staff of Go-to-Market Operations and SVP of Field Strategy and Operations.

Before joining NetApp in November 2004, Tom spent 15 years with 3Com in various executive and senior management positions, most recently as vice president and general manager of the Personal Systems division. During his tenure at 3Com, he worked as VP of Finance and Business Operations for the Business Communications company, VP of Worldwide Sales Operations, VP Executive in Residence Office of the Chairman, VP of Finance for the Network Systems business unit, and controller for Worldwide Field Operations.

Tom holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Joel Reich Executive Vice President, Product Operations

Joel is the executive vice president for Product Operations at NetApp. He is responsible for overseeing the strategy and development of the NetApp product and solutions portfolio.

Joel has over 30 years of product and technology management experience in the storage industry, spanning storage systems, software, and components. Previously, Joel served as NetApp’s senior vice president of the Hyperscale Storage Group. There he oversaw the integration of the Engenio (now E-Series) products into NetApp, the object storage strategy and products, and NetApp OnCommand Insight. Before that time, he served in various NetApp Data ONTAP engineering leadership roles. In his new role, Joel leads the advancement of the NetApp portfolio of innovation and drives delivery of the Data Fabric strategy, products, and solutions.

Before joining NetApp, in 2002, Joel was vice president of Marketing and Product Operations for HighGround Systems. He also held the position of director of Product Management for CLARiiON products at Data General and EMC and was director of Sales and Marketing for Conner Peripherals Storage Systems Group. He also served in product management roles at Aiwa/Core and Rodime, Inc.

Joel helped to lead the definition and introduction of many industry firsts:

  • At Rodime, the first 3.5" hard disk drive
  • At Core, the first disk array for open systems and Windows
  • At CLARiiON, the first enterprise-class Fibre Channel RAID system
  • At NetApp, the industry’s first unified storage system
  • Most recently, at NetApp, the industry’s first enterprise-class all-flash-array product, the NetApp EF-Series

Joel holds a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University.

Cynthia Stoddard Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Customer Solutions

Cynthia Stoddard is senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) of Customer Solutions at NetApp. As CTO, she is responsible for leading the end-to-end execution of NetApp clustered Data ONTAP adoption for current and prospective customers while being NetApp’s number-one customer advocate. She is the executive sponsor of the NetApp on NetApp and Customer-1 initiatives, both designed to share IT’s experiences using NetApp technologies and to enable NetApp customers to succeed.

In her previous role, Cynthia was the chief information officer (CIO) at NetApp. Since she became CIO, in 2012, she evolved IT to deliver business value beyond traditional boundaries by focusing on innovation, service delivery, and strategic partnerships. While CIO, Cynthia won the 2014 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Award and was twice named to the Huffington Post’s Top 100 Most Social CIOs. Under her leadership, NetApp IT was recognized in the Information Week 500 (in 2012 and 2013) and the Information Elite 100 (2014).

Cynthia has over 25 years of business experience providing IT expertise leading large global organizations in supply chain, retail, and technology companies. Before joining NetApp, she was group vice president of IT at Safeway, Inc. Other positions she has held include group CIO for NOL Group, the parent of APL Ltd.; as well as executive roles in other global transportation companies.

Cynthia holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Western New England University, from which she graduated cum laude, and an MBA from Marylhurst University.

Jonathan Kissane Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and General Manager, Cloud Business, NetApp

Jon Kissane is NetApp’s senior vice president and serves as both chief strategy officer and Cloud Business general manager, reporting to CEO George Kurian.

Jon is responsible for leading corporate strategy and corporate development functions to drive the company-wide strategy management process. This work includes identifying opportunities to supplement organic development and spearheading targeted strategic relationships. In addition, Jon leads the cross-business global organization of sales, engineering, marketing, and services teams focused on driving NetApp’s hybrid cloud opportunities.

Before joining NetApp, Jon was senior vice president (SVP) of Corporate Development for CA Technologies, where he was responsible for acquisitions, divestitures, and strategic investments. He and his team defined and led the M&A process, which resulted in over $1 billion in transactions and the creation of CA’s contemporary offerings.

Before that time, Jon held several executive leadership positions, including SVP and general manager at a public digital media software company, where he led e-commerce and IT and successfully drove double-digit revenue growth. Prior to that, he worked in early-stage venture investing as a Class 9 Kauffman Fellow for Centennial Ventures. There the portfolio included Compellent Technologies (acquired by Dell), Inflow (acquired by Sungard), and Telephia (acquired by Nielsen). He also worked as a leader in the High Tech practice of the Boston Consulting Group and led business development at an early-stage mobile software start-up that was acquired by SAP. He started his career as a design and development engineer.

Jon received his MBA from INSEAD, a JD from Harvard Law School, and dual undergraduate degrees in history and engineering from Stanford University.