NetApp Appoints George Kurian as CEO and Mike Nevens as Chairman

NetApp-Appoints-George-Kurian-as-CEO-and-Mike-Nevens-as-ChairmanNetApp has today appointed George Kurian as chief executive officer and Mike Nevens as chairman of the board, effective immediately.

George Kurian has been appointed by the board as chief executive officer and also appointed to the board of directors. Lead independent director Mike Nevens has been elected chairman of the board. These announcements follow the departure of Tom Georgens, the company’s former chairman and chief executive officer.

“NetApp is an exceptional company with a great future and the board believes that it is the right time for new leadership to maximize its potential,”

said Nevens.

“These changes are aimed at speeding the company’s movement to its next phase of innovation and growth. While we intend to

conduct a CEO search, we have the utmost confidence in George’s ability to lead the company, given his deep knowledge of NetApp and support

from a strong executive team. George has deep relationships with customers and partners globally and is committed to strengthening those

relationships going forward,” commented Nevens.

Kurian joined NetApp in 2011 and has served as the company’s executive vice president, Product Operations where he was responsible for

overseeing the strategy and development of NetApp’s Product and Solutions portfolio since September 2013.

George Kurian said, “I look forward to engaging with the entire NetApp community as we execute our strategic plan and key investment areas of accelerating clustered Data ONTAP adoption, regaining traction in the channel, and increasing our sales capacity. We are committed to delivering improved growth and financial performance and remain confident in the strength of our technology and hybrid cloud strategy.”

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