NetApp Appoints Krithiwas Neelakantan as Director Channel & Alliances for India & SAARC Operations

27 August 2012, Bangalore: NetApp India, a leader in innovative storage and data management solutions, today announced the appointment of Krithiwas Neelakantan as Director, Channel & Alliances - NetApp India Marketing & Services Pvt Ltd.

In his new role, Krithiwas will spearhead channel development and channel enablement programs, cementing channel relationships and further drive sales through joint go-to-market with the NetApp partner ecosystem.

Krithiwas joins NetApp from Oracle where he was Director - Channels. An alumina of NIT, Calicut, he has more than 18 years of industry experience. He previously worked with companies like Sun Microsystems and Wipro, where he managed varied lines of businesses ranging from education, healthcare, volume sales, business development and channels. His rich portfolio of work experience includes building, enabling and sustaining businesses and enabling partner competency to address relevant markets and industries.

NetApp in India has a very strong partner ecosystem which comprises distributors, VARS, systems integrators and service providers. The company recently announced the realignment of its go-to-market strategy in India which will enable focus on newer segments and markets led by innovative technology offerings such as Agile Data Infrastructure.

"We are witnessing more of solution-led buying amongst the Indian customers. This makes it imperative that we further our collaboration and investment in our partner ecosystem and help build solutions that cater to the business needs of customers across the band," said Anil Valluri, President NetApp India.

He further added "As we continue to help our customers increase business flexibility and efficiency, and transform their business through innovation, a robust channel and partner ecosystem will enable NetApp to increase its footprint and address a wider market. I am confident that Krithiwas with his experience is set to deliver well on this path and will further strengthen our customer and partner relationships. "

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