Executive Biographies and Photos

Executive Staff


George Kurian Chief Executive Officer and President

George Kurian is chief executive officer at NetApp and a member of the Board of Directors.

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.


Jean English Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

Jean English is senior vice president and chief marketing officer (CMO) for NetApp. She brings a wealth of leadership and marketing experience to the role of CMO. Her experience in business-to-business marketing spans over 20 years, and she has expertise in developing and implementing comprehensive marketing strategies that include global and country-level strategic planning, branding and positioning, product and solutions marketing, integrated multichannel marketing, digital marketing and commerce, and sales channel enablement and optimization.

Jean joined NetApp from IBM, where she was global vice president for IBM Cloud Marketing and led the go-to-market transformation for IBM’s cloud business. Previously she was the CMO for IBM Asia Pacific, where she was responsible for all aspects of marketing, communications and citizenship. She has held multiple vice president and executive leadership roles creating marketing strategies; researching customer needs; developing winning brand propositions and content for different target segments; and communicating them effectively through digital, social, and mobile technologies plus global events.

She holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.


Matthew Fawcett Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary

Matthew Fawcett is NetApp’s senior vice president, general counsel, and chief compliance officer. Matt leads the worldwide legal team and also serves as corporate secretary. 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. 


David Hitz Executive Vice President and Founder

As executive vice president, David Hitz is responsible for the future strategy and direction of NetApp.

Dave Hitz and James Lau founded NetApp in 1992 with a desire to simplify storage the way Cisco simplified networking. Dave and James believed that general-purpose computing systems were too complex, so they built dedicated devices called appliances. These appliances were designed to handle one thing well: storage.

Prior to 1992, Dave worked as a senior engineer at Auspex Corporation, an enterprise storage solutions provider, where he was responsible for file systems and microkernel design. He also held engineering positions at MIPS Computer, focusing on file system and I/O subsystem design for the System V kernel development effort. Before his career in the computer industry, Dave worked as a cowboy, getting valuable management experience by herding, branding, and castrating cattle. Dave documented these and other formative business experiences in his autobiography, "How To Castrate A Bull, Unexpected Lessons on Risk, Growth, and Success in Business."

Dave holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and electrical engineering from Princeton University.


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

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.


Gwen McDonald Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Gwen McDonald is the executive vice president of Human Resources at NetApp. She is responsible for creating the company's strategic vision for worldwide staffing, employee relations, training, organizational development, compensation, and benefits. Gwen also works to preserve NetApp's unique cultural values and principles, which have enabled the company to be ranked #1 on FORTUNE magazine's 100 Best Places to Work.

Gwen has extensive experience in Human Resources. Prior to joining NetApp, she worked at 3Com Corporation for 14 years, serving in a variety of positions, such as senior vice president of Corporate Services, vice president of Worldwide Product and Supply Operations, and director of Human Resources for the Business Connectivity Company. Gwen also was the Human Resources manager for LSI Logic's Santa Clara operations and served at Fairchild Semiconductor for 12 years in various Human Resources positions, including as the senior Human Resources manager for the Linear division.

Gwen holds a bachelor of science degree in human resources and organizational behavior from the University of San Francisco. She currently is on the board of directors for the California Strategic Human Resource Partnership, a collaborative network designed to leverage learning relationships between executives of leading California companies and to maximize their information exchange.


Tom Mendoza Vice Chairman

Tom joined NetApp in 1994 and was responsible for sales until becoming president in 2000. In 2009 he became vice chairman.

Tom has given talks on the power of corporate culture and leadership all over the world to people in such diverse organizations as the U.S. Marine Corps, West Point, CIO forums, Oracle's Leaders Circle, and Stanford University. In 2009 he was the corecipient with NetApp Chairman Dan Warmenhoven of the Morgan Stanley Leadership Award for Global Commerce.

Tom holds a BA degree from the University of Notre Dame and is an alumnus of Stanford University's Executive Business Program. In September 2000 Notre Dame renamed its business school the Mendoza College of Business after an endowment made by Tom and Kathy Mendoza.


Ron Pasek Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Ron Pasek is the executive vice president and chief financial officer at NetApp. With more than 30 years of experience in financial management, Ron joined NetApp in April 2016 to oversee the company’s finance, customer leasing, workplace resources, internal audit, and IT functions.

Before joining NetApp, Ron served as CFO at Altera, where he delivered significant value, helping to increase the share price by 145% in 6 years. He also championed an enterprise-wide business process improvement culture, which dramatically improved efficiency and productivity.

Ron began his career at ROLM Corporation, where he worked in accounting and financial planning. In 1990, he began a nearly 20-year career with Sun Microsystems, where he served in roles such as vice president, Finance, Global Sales and Service, and vice president and treasurer. Ron helped develop the finance function that supported the company’s growth from revenues of $2 billion to $14 billion.

Ron earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in finance from San Jose State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.


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.


Henri Richard Executive Vice President, Worldwide Field and Customer Operations

Henri Richard is executive vice president of Worldwide Field and Customer Operations at NetApp. In this role, Henri will lead NetApp’s global field and customer success operations, which support the company’s ecosystem of channel, alliance, and service partners and perform customer-facing functions. Henri will drive discussions with NetApp’s biggest strategic partners, resellers, and customers across the globe.

Before joining NetApp at the start of FY’17, Henri was senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Support at SanDisk Corporation. There he oversaw the rapid growth and diversification of SanDisk into the enterprise space.

Throughout his 30-year career, Henri served in global executive roles at companies including Seagate, IBM, WebGain, AMD, and Freescale Semiconductor. He started his career in IT with Informatique Haute Performance in Paris, France, a company he founded to address the burgeoning need for PC-based computing in the 1980s.

Henri holds a bachelor of science degree from the Ecole Nationale de Radiotechnique et d’Electronique Appliquee in Asnieres, France.