Sunnyvale, Calif.-August 19,
2009- NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that its Board
of Directors appointed Tom Georgens as the company's president and
chief executive officer, succeeding Dan Warmenhoven, who led the
company as CEO for the past 15 years. The transition in leadership,
which is effective immediately, is the result of a management
Georgens, 49, has been president and chief
operating officer and a member of the Board of Directors since
February 2008. He joined NetApp in October 2005 as executive vice
president and general manager of Enterprise Storage Systems and was
named executive vice president of Product Operations in January
Warmenhoven, 58, continues as chairman of the
Board of Directors. He also assumes the role of executive chairman,
a newly created position to help build and expand relationships
with certain strategic partners around the world, including service
providers and key technology partners.
"Looking back, I am very proud that NetApp
has achieved a leadership position in the storage market and now
look forward to supporting Tom as he takes the company through the
next stages of growth in a new era for the information technology
(IT) industry," said Warmenhoven. "Tom has demonstrated proven
leadership capabilities in strategy development and day-to-day
"I am honored to follow in Dan's footsteps,"
said Georgens. "In just 15 years, NetApp has grown from a $14
million startup with 45 employees into a recognized market leader
in networked storage and data management with $3.4 billion in
annual revenues and approximately 8,000 employees around the world.
Dan also helped to cultivate a unique corporate culture, which has
resulted in NetApp consistently being recognized as a great place
Georgens added, "I am excited about leading
NetApp forward at a time when the IT industry is at a critical
inflection point that will create tremendous opportunities and
inevitable challenges. We are committed to creating success for our
customers and partners in this changing market environment."
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