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NetApp Global and Strategic Alliances Leader Named a Top 10 Cloud Evangelist for 2016 by CloudNOW

Maria Olson, NetApp vice president, Global & Strategic Alliances, honored by executive women’s consortium for contributions to growth of cloud and converging technologies

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that Maria Olson, vice president, Global & Strategic Alliances for NetApp, has been selected as one of the Top 10 Cloud Evangelists for 2016 by CloudNOW.

CloudNOW is the executive consortium for the leading women in cloud and converging technologies. The award recognizes cloud amplifiers, and celebrates the marketing experts, community builders, analysts, public relations pros and VCs who have contributed to the astronomical growth of cloud, open source and converging technologies. Awards were selected based on peer applications, and open to any woman who positively impacted cloud using her unique skills as an ‘amplifier’.

“It is an incredible honor to have been selected for this inaugural award,” said Olson. “I am a firm believer that cloud will continue to open doors enabling both traditional and emerging businesses to innovate and transform our world. This is especially true for women and promises opportunity to accelerate our International Women’s Day parity pledge. I am especially humbled to be named to a list of such prestigious contributors in our industry, and I congratulate the other recipients whom I so admire.”

“We launched CloudNOW in 2011 with the announcement of the Top 10 Women in Cloud Innovations, and now we are delighted to extend the recognition in 2016 to now encompass the community builders and those leaders who have shaped our industry through evangelization,” said Jocelyn DeGance Graham, CloudNOW founder. “The caliber of the Top 10 Cloud Evangelist inaugural winners is amazing, and we are truly inspired by all of these leaders.”

For the complete list of winners, please go

About CloudNOW
CloudNOW is a non-profit consortium of the leading women in cloud computing, providing a forum for networking, knowledge sharing, mentoring, and economic growth. CloudNOW is a community driven initiative offering its constituents the opportunity to creatively approach the technological challenges of cloud today, working in partnership with the tech industry.

About NetApp
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