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Two NetApp Executives Recognized on CRN’s List of Top 100 Executives

NetApp, (NASDAQ: NTAP) announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named George Kurian, chief executive officer, and Bill Lipsin, vice president of Global Channel, to its 2016 list of Top 100 Executives. This annual list recognizes leaders from the technology industry who have played an integral role in shaping today’s IT channel, whether by driving huge cultural shifts, creating rich new opportunities or forging innovative new routes to success.

As one of CRN’s “Most Influential”, Kurian is transforming and streamlining the business in order to align the company’s resources to its strategic opportunities and be more agile and focused in its response to the rapidly changing market. Meanwhile, Lipsin’s focus on creating a multi-channel strategy that encompasses the changing customer needs for data management and partners’ evolving business models has led him to be recognized in CRN’s “Sales Leader” category. His investment in enhancing partner enablement has led to a growth in NetApp’s partner community and expansion of its product portfolio.

“The executives on our 2016 Top 100 list have led their companies to extraordinary achievements, both technological and entrepreneurial,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “We congratulate each of this year’s Top 100 Executives and celebrate their trailblazing contributions to the advancement of the IT channel.”

"It’s a pivotal time in the industry and partnerships are more important than ever,” said George Kurian, chief executive officer, NetApp. “Together with our partners, we have a huge opportunity to leverage our Data Fabric vision and our industry-leading innovation portfolio to help customers navigate the changing IT landscape.”

"NetApp has built a culture of both continuous innovation and partnerships,” said Bill Lipsin, vice president, Global Channel, NetApp. “This award highlights the strong momentum that we are seeing as a result of our investments in our partner ecosystem."

The Top 100 Executives list will be featured in the August 2016 issue of CRN and online at

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NetApp Press Contact:
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The Channel Company
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