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Executive Staff

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.

Tom Georgens Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Tom Georgens is chairman of the Board of Directors of NetApp and chief executive officer.

Tom served as president and chief executive officer from August 2009 to March 2014 and as president and chief operating officer responsible for all product operations and field operations worldwide from February 2008 to August 2009. Tom 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, serving in that role from January 2007 to February 2008.

Before joining NetApp, Tom spent nine years at Engenio, a subsidiary of LSI Logic, the last two years as CEO. He also served in various other positions, including president of LSI Logic Storage Systems and executive vice president of LSI Logic. At Engenio, he built the business into a successful OEM storage provider for companies such as IBM, NCR, StorageTek, Silicon Graphics, and Sun Microsystems.

Prior to Engenio, Tom spent 11 years at EMC in a variety of engineering and marketing positions.

Tom holds a bachelor of science degree and a master of engineering degree in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as well as a master of business administration degree from Babson College.

Matthew Fawcett Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary

Matthew Fawcett är NetApps vice vd och chefsjurist. Matt leder den globala juristavdelningen och rapporterar till Tom Georgens, ordförande och NetApps vd. Under hans ledning har NetApps juristavdelning fått uppmärksamhet för många framgångar inklusive Best Legal Department of 2014 (Best Legal Departments 2014, Corporate Counsel, juni 1, 2014), en av de mest innovativa avdelningarna (The 2013 IC-10: Inside the Legal Profession’s Top Innovators, Inside Counsel Magazine, den 30 augusti 2013) och som den bästa chefsjuristen (America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel, The National Law Journal, den 31 mars 2014).

Genom hela sin karriär har Matthew arbetat på ledande teknikföretag inom en mängd områden som fusioner och förvärv, immatrialrätt och vid rättstvister. Innan han började arbeta på NetApp var han senior vice president och chefsjurist på JDS Uniphase Corporation där han byggde upp en global juristavdelning, hanterade flera förvärv och strategiska transaktioner och ledde ett patentprogram med tusentals utgivna och pågående patent.

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.

Jonathan Kissane Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Jonathan Kissane serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at NetApp, and reports to Tom Georgens, president and CEO of 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.

James Lau Executive Vice President and Founder

James Lau cofounded NetApp with Dave Hitz in 1992 and was vice president of Engineering until 1995. He was chief technology officer from 1995 to 2000. James established the Chief Strategy Office in 2000 and was chief strategy officer until 2010. He now collaborates with the Chief Strategy Office on NetApp’s product innovation and business strategies with a focus on creating opportunities to fuel future growth.

Prior to starting NetApp, James served as director of Software Development at Auspex Corporation, a file server manufacturer, where he was instrumental in defining product requirements and the architecture of that company's high-performance NFS file servers. Prior to working at Auspex, he was group manager of PC products at Bridge Communications, now known as 3Com.

James received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree in Computer 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.

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.

Julie Parrish Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Julie Parrish is the senior vice president and chief marketing officer (CMO) at NetApp. In her role as CMO she is responsible for driving the company’s global marketing strategy to create preference, awareness, and demand of the NetApp brand. She leads the NetApp’s Global Marketing, Corporate Communications, and Product and Solutions Marketing groups.

Before becoming CMO, Julie was senior vice president of Global Partner Sales at NetApp from 2008 – 2012, responsible for shaping the strategic vision and execution of the worldwide channel program. Her responsibilities included global channel sales revenue, overall go-to-market channel strategy, developing and leading channel programs worldwide, and the global NetApp Partner Program. Under her leadership, NetApp’s channel program grew to 82% of the company’s total business.

Julie is a 27 year veteran of the IT industry. Prior to NetApp, she was vice president of the global channel office at Symantec. In this role she developed and executed Symantec’s global channel strategy, led the worldwide partner organization, and delivered best-in-class enablement programs to support Symantec’s global partner ecosystem. She has also held other senior leadership roles in marketing and sales at 3Com, Veritas, and Nokia.

Julie has served as a guest lecturer for both Stanford and UC-Berkeley MBA and Executive Leadership programs to help teach channel mechanics to business leaders around the world.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Decision Information Science from Santa Clara 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.


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.