NetApp today announced several key changes to the executive leadership team. Tom Georgens is stepping down from his position as CEO and chairman of the board. George Kurian has been appointed chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors. Mike Nevens, formerly our lead independent director, has been elected chairman of the board. All changes are effective immediately.
Tom Georgens had been with NetApp since October 2005, and has been a key contributor to NetApp’s growth, profitability, and market share gains over the last ten years. We are grateful for his leadership and thank him for his many contributions to our business.
We are excited to have George Kurian lead our organization at this important time. George has been with NetApp since 2011 and is a highly respected leader with a proven track record and passion for results. As the leader of our Product Operations for the past several years, George was responsible for overseeing the strategy and development of our technology portfolio. George brings significant industry experience from Cisco, Akamai, McKinsey and Oracle and is well known and respected by customers, analysts and partners around the world.
This is a seamless transition for NetApp. There will be no impact to you, your sales and support teams or any of the other NetApp teams that work to ensure your success on a day-‐to-‐day basis. Our confidence and commitment to our existing business strategy is unchanged. We are continuing to make important investments in our business, and specifically in customer and partner facing areas such as:
Sales and support teams to better serve your needs
Partner enablement programs to ensure our partners have the highest levels of training and tools to serve you
Clustered ONTAP transition services to help you take advantage of the benefits of seamless data migration across their cloud environments.
We believe NetApp has the most differentiated, relevant value proposition for the Hybrid Cloud on the market today. Our Data Fabric vision provides customers with consistent data management, efficient data transport and the visibility to leverage IT resources when and where they need them.
We are confident in our strategy and in our ability to help you be successful.
Senior Vice President
Worldwide Field Operations