NetApp Honored by Chief Learning Officer Magazine for Achievements in Enterprise Education

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - October 13, 2008 - NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that Kathy Hennessy, NetApp senior director of Organizational Effectiveness, and Steve Wilson, NetApp director of Executive Development, have been selected by Chief Learning Officer magazine (CLO) as Division One silver award winners for the Vanguard category of the Learning in Practice awards. Hennessy and Wilson were recognized by CLO for their achievements as transformational and visionary leaders in enterprise education at the CLO Symposium, Sept. 24-26, at the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California.

The award recognizes NetApp's groundbreaking executive-level development programs, which incorporate competitive business simulations from BTS. The customized NetApp simulations use complex business situations involving strategic initiatives, key decisions, and unexpected events to help leaders internalize strategies and to execute those strategies successfully.

"Becoming a 'model company' is a core value at NetApp and an integral part of our corporate DNA," said Gwen McDonald, senior vice president, Human Resources. "Giving our leadership team a firm understanding of what it's like to run a multi-billion dollar global company builds understanding, alignment, and commitment to execute our growth strategy."

The Learning in Practice awards were created by the editors of Chief Learning Officer magazine to recognize learning leaders who have improved performance in their enterprises through a combination of qualities such as leadership, vision, business acumen, and strategic alignment. Winners are selected by a panel of independent judges, composed of some of the top leaders in the learning industry, who evaluate nominations against established criteria. Each nomination is reviewed by three judges, and gold and silver award winners are selected based on the judges' scores.

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