When I shifted into my new role at NetApp in February, I had no idea how much the world was about to change or how relevant my thoughts about my new position would be.
Several weeks ago, just before COVID-19 emerged as a worldwide crisis, I shared a post on LinkedIn about how much technology has changed the world of leadership. Here is part of what I said:
Technology has changed the way organizations communicate and how they drive decisions remotely. More and more global leaders are distributed around the world. People can be in five different countries and make decisions together without physically sitting in the same board room. It’s more than just a technology change. It’s a structural change that brings more diversity to the way companies are run, and I think it’s a positive one.Reflecting on what I wrote then, I’m amazed how quickly remote work and decision-making became even more overwhelmingly important, and how that has influenced the way I think about my job as I work with my team and our customers to manage the impacts of COVID-19.
Alexander Wallner is NetApp’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Enterprise and Commercial Field Operations. He leads Americas, EMEA, and APAC field organizations, and by leveraging best practices from our three geos, helps our Enterprise and Commercial customers and partners with their digital transformations. With the IT landscape in a state of flux and data being more important than ever before, Alex believes NetApp’s role is to assist customers in navigating a path to higher return from their IT investments, accelerate their business performance and minimize their risk. Alex has a strong history of leading sales teams to success at NetApp. Most recently, as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of EMEA, NetApp was the number one storage player in many markets, including Germany, Austria, Israel, and the overall EMEA leader in the flash storage market for many quarters. Having started at NetApp in 1999, Alex also has a wealth of partner experience having run the channel business in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Eastern Europe. He started his career at m+s Elektronik AG. Alex holds a degree in Business Administration from FH Regensburg (now OTH Regensburg).