Cynthia Stoddard is NetApp’s chief information officer (CIO) and senior vice president. As CIO of NetApp, Cynthia leads and is evolving the IT organization for the new digital era. Her responsibilities involve driving traditional IT functions, including providing a long-term technology vision that supports and aligns with the company’s goals and strategies, business plans, and operating requirements, and improving overall efficiencies. In addition, she is evolving IT to deliver business value beyond traditional boundaries by focusing on innovation, customer adaptive practices, and strategic partnerships.
As a senior executive of NetApp, Cynthia provides thought leadership on industry, business, and product direction. She is known as a customer-facing CIO, leading IT to enable NetApp customers to succeed. Additionally, she is the executive sponsor of the NetApp on NetApp initiative to increase awareness that NetApp is an IT leader. Cynthia recently won the 2014 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Award and was named one of Huffington Post’s Top 100 Most Social CIOs. Under her leadership, NetApp IT has been recognized in the Information Week 500 (2012 and 2013) and the Information Elite 100 (2014).
Cynthia has over 25 years of business experience and IT expertise leading large global organizations in supply chain, retail, and technology companies. Before joining NetApp, in 2010, she was group vice president of Information Technology at Safeway Inc. She was recognized as one of the Top Women in Grocery and also as a Woman of Influence in the Food Industry. Other positions she has held include group CIO for NOL Group, the parent of APL Ltd., a global transportation and logistics company; and executive roles in other global transportation companies. While she was CIO at NOL Group, the organization was named in the Top 100 of Information Week’s Top 500 innovative users of technology for 4 successive years.
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.