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George Kurian Chief Executive Officer, Director

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nick Noviello Executive Vice President, Finance and Operations and Chief Financial Officer

Nick Noviello is executive vice president, Finance and Operations and Chief Financial Officer. He was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer in January 2012, overseeing the company’s finance, customer leasing, workplace resources, and investor relations functions. In July 2013, Mr. Noviello’s responsibilities expanded to include the IT organization, and in April 2014, manufacturing operations.

In his previous role as senior vice president, Finance and Global Controller at NetApp, he was actively engaged in decisions around the company’s business model, financial strategy, capital allocation, and mergers and acquisitions. He also led NetApp’s global finance and accounting operations, including financial planning and analysis, tax, leasing, corporate accounting, and financial governance. Nick joined the company in 2008 as vice president, Finance and Corporate Controller.

Prior to joining NetApp, Nick spent eight years at Honeywell International, where he was CFO of two global multi-billion dollar business units, ran investor relations, and was a leader on the corporate mergers and acquisitions team. Prior to Honeywell, Nick led mergers and acquisitions for Monarch Dental Corporation, and before that spent seven years at the accounting firm of PriceWaterhouse Coopers in mergers and acquisitions transaction services, tax, and audit.

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.

Rob Salmon President and Head of Go-to-Market Operations

Rob Salmon is the president and head of Go-to-Market Operations for NetApp. Go-to-Market Operations consists of Global Marketing, Customer Success Operations and Field Operations. These organizations represent all customer facing functions and support our ecosystem of channel, alliance and service partners.

Rob is a 20-year veteran of NetApp. He joined NetApp in 1994 as one of the first members of the sales organization. Since 2004 he has led global field operations.

Prior to joining NetApp, Rob held various sales positions at Sun Microsystems and Data General Corporation. He holds a bachelor of science degree in Computer Science from California State University, Chico.

Outside of NetApp Rob enjoys supporting his community and focusing on programs that promote education and wellness.

Cynthia Stoddard vice VD och teknisk chef för Customer Solutions

Cynthia Stoddard är vice VD och teknisk chef (CTO) för Customer Solutions på NetApp. Som teknisk chef leder hon helhetsutförandet vid användning av NetApp clustered Data ONTAP för nuvarande och potentiella kunder medan hon är NetApps främsta kundrepresentant. Hon är den ledande initiativtagaren för NetApp-on-NetApp och Customer-1, som båda utformats för att dela IT-erfarenheter med hjälp av NetApp-tekniker och hjälpa NetApp-kunder att lyckas.

I sin tidigare roll var Cynthia marknadschef på NetApp. När hon blev marknadschef 2012 utvecklade hon IT som utvecklade företag utanför traditionella gränser genom att fokusera på innovation, tjänstehantering och strategiska partnerskap. 2014 tilldelades Cynthia Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Award och utnämndes två gånger av Huffington Post till en av de 100 mest sociala marknadscheferna. Under hennes ledarskap uppmärksammades NetApp IT i Information Week 500 (2012 och 2013) och Information Elite 100 (2014).

Cynthia har över 25 års erfarenhet inom företagsvärlden och IT och har lett stora globala organisationer hos leverantörs-, detaljhandels- och teknikföretag. Innan hon började hos NetApp vad hon vice koncernchef för IT hos Safeway, Inc. Hon har även varit koncernmarknadschef på NOL-koncernen, moderbolaget till APL Ltd., samt haft verkställande roller i andra globala transportföretag.

Cynthia har en bachelor of science i bokföring från Western New England University, där hon tog examen med cum laude, och en MBA från 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.

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. 


Manfred Reitner Senior Vice President and General Manager, EMEA

Manfred Reitner utsågs till Senior Vice President och General Manager EMEA i mars 2012. I denna roll är han ansvarig för alla geografiska områden och verksamheter inom EMEA med ett tydligt fokus på NetApps marknadsledande lagringslösningar i EMEA samt partner- och kundutveckling. Före sin utnämning var Reitner Vice President Enterprise Area på NetApp och hanterade säljteam och affärsutveckling i Frankrike, Tyskland och Storbritannien.

Manfred Reitner började sin försäljningskarriär på NetApp 1997. Redan 1999 var han ansvarig för alla säljaktiviteter i Tyskland. Han hanterade stora konton och ansvarade för personalen på NetApps vid denna tidpunkt fyra dotterbolag i Tyskland. Hans arbetsområde utvidgades till Centraleuropa från 2001 och omfattade både direkt och indirekt försäljning. Med sin utnämning till Area Director Germany 2004, var Reitner återigen fokuserad på den tyska verksamheten och banade väg för NetApp marknadsledarskap idag. Vid denna tid var han en drivande kraft bakom stora konton och formade nya strategiska partnerskap. Efter att ha blivit Area Vice President Germany 2005, tog Reitner sig an såväl allmän förvaltning som personalansvar för nu åtta tyska dotterbolag, och hela försäljningen i Tyskland från 2007. Som ett resultat av en ny försäljningsorganisation i EMEA blev han ansvarig för Enterprise Area från 2009.

Innan han började på NetApp höll Manfred Reitner olika försäljningsbefattningar på Siemens, Hewlett-Packard, Maxtor och SGI. Han har en examen i datavetenskap från Tekniska universitetet i München, Tyskland.

Thomas Ehrlich Vice President Partners & Pathways EMEA, NetApp

Thomas Ehrlich har varit Vice President Partners & Pathways EMEA på NetApp sedan december 2011. I sin position är han ansvarig för kanalorganisationen − ett av NetApps viktigaste områden − i EMEA samt systemintegratörer och tjänstleverantörer i EMEA. Sedan maj 2013 har han också hand om allianser, lösningsförsäljning och lösningsbranscher. Då NetApp täcker Östeuropa, Mellanöstern och Afrika med en nästan till 100 % indirekt affärsmodell, är han också ansvarig för försäljning och marknadsföring i dessa regioner. Dessförinnan var Thomas Ehrlich ansvarig för EMEA Field Operations som Vice President Business Operations EMEA, där han byggde expertis kring program och processer. Han var ansvarig för försäljning, strategi och transformering, försäljningskompensation och NetApp U (utbildning). Han rapporterar direkt till Senior Vice President och General Manager EMEA, Manfred Reitner.

Thomas Ehrlich har varit med NetApp i nästan 14 år. Han tog anställning på NetApp 1999 och har haft flera olika befattningar, bland annat Indirect Sales Manager CE, Sales Manager Österrike, Schweiz och Östeuropa och Director Sales GEO Centraleuropa, innan han utsågs till Area Vice President Northeast EMEA i november 2007 och Area Vice President South och Northeast EMEA i maj 2008. I denna befattning var han ansvarig för alla NetApps säljaktiviteter i dessa regioner.

Thomas Ehrlich studerade informationsteknik i München med fokus på kommersiell informationsteknik. Han leder regelbundet olika ledarskapsutbildningar vid IMD, Lausanne. Innan han kom till NetApp arbetade han som systemingenjör och kanalmarknadschef på Silicon Graphics i München.