NetApp Innovation Awards

    Our prestigious panel of judges.

    A third-party panel of judges will review the submission forms and select award winners in all six categories. The prestigious judging panel will consist of representatives from the media and industry. Confirmed judges include:

    Pascal BoulardPascal Boulard
    La Tribune

    Pascal Boulard has worked with La Tribune , the first daily economic and financial paper in France, since 1985. He is an editor for, a special section about information technology published each Thursday. Boulard also acts as chronicler/editor for Radio Classique, where he follows stocks on the NASDAQ. publishes stories that can show business readers the best use of technology. The goal is to demonstrate how IT can bring efficiency to the whole enterprise ecosystem (customers, suppliers, employees, government, and shareholders). Prior to this, Boulard was editor for the capital market section of La Tribune for the coverage of French and foreign securities markets. From 1988 to 1992, he was the New York Bureau chief of La Tribune , as well as columnist for Europe 1, a French radio station. Prior to this, he was a reporter for the capital market section of La Tribune .

    David CarrDavid Carr
    Technology Editor
    Baseline Magazine

    David Carr was a member of the 2001 Baseline launch team. Previously, he was senior technology editor for Internet World magazine and worked as a freelance writer and a PHP/MySQL Web developer. He also served as an executive of a consulting firm that produced technical marketing materials and as a reporter and network administrator at the Waterbury Republican-American, a daily newspaper in Connecticut. David contributes technology primer articles to Baseline 's "Hands On" section, which won "Best Department" in the Neal Awards for business journalism in 2003 and 2006. He shared a second-place award for enterprise reporting from the New England Associated Press Editors Association in 1989 as co-author of reports on deceptive fundraising by the Connecticut Humane Society.

    Peter HeroPeter Hero
    Senior Advisor
    Silicon Valley Community Foundation

    Peter Hero is currently Senior Advisor to Silicon Valley Community Foundation. From 1988-2006 he was President of Community Foundation Silicon Valley, a $1 billion regional community foundation. Previous to this, Peter was President of the Maine College of Art, a four-year college of art and design and the largest cultural organization in northern New England. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of PBS (Public Broadcasting Service), Skoll Foundation, Ebay Corporate Foundation, American India Foundation, and chairs the World Bank Advisory Committee on global community foundation development. Peter holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, an MA in art history from Williams College, and an honorary doctor of laws from the Maine College of Art.

    Carsten KnopCarsten Knop
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

    Carsten Knop is a member of the editorial staff of the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) and based in the Frankfurt headquarters. He covers IT hardware and software companies as well as the pharmaceuticals business and contributes editorials and feature stories.

    FAZ is one of the largest national newspapers in Germany, with a daily circulation of around 400,000, and it has one of the world's biggest networks of correspondents.

    In previous assignments with FAZ, Knop was based in San Francisco (2001–2003); New York City (1999–2001); and Düsseldorf, Germany (1996–1999).

    Knop has conducted one-on-one interviews with Steve Ballmer, Craig Barrett, Jeff Bezos, Phil Condit, Michael Dell, Irwin Jacobs, Steve Jobs, John Malone, Scott McNealy, Howard Schultz, Richard Wagoner, Meg Whitman, and others.

    Knop was born in Dortmund, Germany, and educated at the University of Münster, Germany. He earned a degree in economics in 1993, and he joined FAZ in that same year.

    Chris MellorChris Mellor
    Storage Editor
    Tech World

    Chris Mellor is the storage editor for Techworld, the online IT news site, and a columnist on storage matters for Microscope . He was the launch editor for Storage , the UK's first magazine dedicated to storage issues. Chris has a degree in psychology from Sussex University and came to IT journalism through several years with software houses, including DEC (now part of H-P), Unisys, and SCO, where he worked on newsletters. He also researches and writes sports car buying guides, with over 60 guides available on the Web, and rock climbing guides.

    Paul ShreadPaul Shread
    Managing Editor

    Paul Shread is a Managing Editor for Jupitermedia, where he contributes to several of their specialized sites, including,, and He has worked at Jupitermedia for over 7 years, covering data storage technology, grid computing, the stock market and venture capital. Paul's educational background is in journalism and finance.