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Atish Gude Joins NetApp as Chief Strategy Officer

Accomplished industry leader brings experience in identifying and driving new opportunities to help accelerate NetApp’s market momentum

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP), the data authority for hybrid cloud, today announced the appointment of Atish Gude as the chief strategy officer (CSO) at NetApp, reporting to CEO George Kurian.

Building on substantial innovation across the company, Gude’s experience in growing and managing businesses as well as cross-functional teams will support NetApp’s continued growth. He will play a critical role in identifying and harnessing new trends and disruptive technologies that are entering the market.

“Atish knows how to turn strategy into operating results,” said George Kurian. “He will help drive the company’s momentum by working across the organization to shape the strategic agenda with regard to new markets, partnerships, and technologies.”

“NetApp has created a strong foundation for continued growth,” said Atish Gude. “I’m passionate about translating company vision into reality and excited to focus on helping customers derive value from data at a time when it’s more important than ever.”

About Atish Gude
For the past 25 years, Gude has been a leader in the communications and technology industries with a strong background in building and growing businesses. Most recently he served as the senior vice president of Corporate Strategy at Verizon Communications, where he was responsible for the development of Verizon’s corporate strategy and strategic plan. He was key in evaluating the impact of technologies, trends, and competitive dynamics across strategic initiatives. Prior to that he held senior leadership roles in marketing, strategy, corporate development, and operations at Verisign, Clearwire Communications and Sprint Nextel. Gude earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS in computer engineering from Syracuse University. He is married with two children.

About NetApp
NetApp is the data authority for hybrid cloud. We provide a full range of hybrid cloud data services that simplify management of applications and data across cloud and on-premises environments to accelerate digital transformation. Together with our partners, we empower global organizations to unleash the full potential of their data to expand customer touchpoints, foster greater innovation, and optimize their operations. For more information, visit www.netapp.com. #DataDriven

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