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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.

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.

Jonathan Kissane Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Jonathan Kissane serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at NetApp.

In this role Jon oversees Corporate Strategy and Corporate Development and is focused on driving the company-wide strategic planning process and identifying opportunities for technology collaboration and targeted strategic relationships.

Most recently prior to NetApp, Jon was at CA Technologies, where he was responsible for identifying opportunities to improve the company's competitive position and portfolio of IT management solutions. He led the mergers and acquisitions process across CA businesses, and achieved over $1B in successful transactions. Jon started his career as a design and development engineer, and later led business development at an early-stage mobile software startup that was eventually acquired by SAP. He also worked at The Boston Consulting Group, and in early-stage venture investing at Centennial Ventures, where the portfolio included Compellent Technologies (acquired by Dell), Inflow (acquired by Sungard), and Telephia (acquired by Nielsen).

Jon received his MBA from INSEAD based on studies in Singapore and France, and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Harvard Law School. He holds dual undergraduate degrees in history and engineering from Stanford University. He is married with four children and lives in California. 

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.