NetApp appoints George Kurian as CEO as Tom Georgens departs

NetApp has announced changes to the executive leadership team and board of directors, 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.

Tom Georgens. Image: Reuters

Tom Georgens. Image: Reuters


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.

Kurian said in a statement that he looked forward to engaging with the entire NetApp community as they execute their strategic plan and key investment areas of accelerating clustered Data ONTAP adoption, regaining traction in the channel, and increasing sales capacity. He said the company was confident in the strength of their technology and hybrid cloud strategy and that it would reap in financial gains for them.

This news follows a recent report that said the company was looking to lay off 500 workers in restructuring in the face of disappointing results and weak projections.


Updated Date: Jun 02, 2015 11:23 AM