Tom Georgens Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Tom Georgens is president and chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors of NetApp.
Previously, Tom served as president and chief operating officer responsible for all product operations and field operations worldwide from February 2008 to August 2009. Tom joined NetApp in October 2005 as executive vice president and general manager of Enterprise Storage Systems and was named executive vice president of Product Operations, serving in that role from January 2007 to February 2008.
Before joining NetApp, Tom spent nine years at Engenio, a subsidiary of LSI Logic, the last two years as CEO. He also served in various other positions, including president of LSI Logic Storage Systems and executive vice president of LSI Logic. At Engenio, he built the business into a successful OEM storage provider for companies such as IBM, NCR, StorageTek, Silicon Graphics, and Sun Microsystems.
Prior to Engenio, Tom spent 11 years at EMC in a variety of engineering and marketing positions.
Tom holds a bachelor of science degree and a master of engineering degree in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as well as a master of business administration degree from Babson College.
Jeff Allen Member of the Audit Committee
Jeff Allen is a member of the Board of Directors at NetApp. Prior to his role on the board, Allen was the executive vice president of business operations at NetApp. He managed manufacturing operations and took responsibility for content delivery and NearStore business lines as well as strategic initiatives for the SAN market. Allen joined the company in 1996 as CFO and vice president of finance and operations.
Before coming to NetApp, Allen served as senior vice president of operations for Bay Networks, where he was responsible for manufacturing and distribution functions. From 1990 to 1995, he held the position of controller for SynOptics Communications and became vice president and controller for Bay Networks, the new company created via the merger of SynOptics and Wellfleet Communications.
Previously, Allen had a 17-year career at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he served in a variety of financial, information systems, and financial management positions, including controller for the Information Networks Group.
Allen holds a bachelor of science degree from San Diego State University.
Tor Braham Member of the Audit Committee
Tor Braham served as Managing Director and Global Head, Technology, Mergers and Acquisitions
for Deutsche Bank Securities, an international financial service group, from 2004 until 2012. Prior to that, he
served as Managing Director and Co-head, West Coast U.S. Technology, Mergers and Acquisitions for Credit
Suisse First Boston, an international financial services group, from October 2000 until 2004. Prior to that,
Mr. Braham was an investment banker with UBS Securities and a lawyer at a prominent Silicon Valley law firm.
Mr. Braham earned a B.A. degree in English from Columbia College and a J.D. degree from New York
University School of Law.
Alan Earhart Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee
Alan Earhart was appointed to the NetApp board in December 2004. Much of Earhart's distinguished career in Silicon Valley has been spent in various positions at Coopers & Lybrand, including San Francisco regional managing partner, San Jose Office managing partner, technical consulting partner, and chairman of Coopers & Lybrand's National Venture Capital Industry Group. During his time at PwC, Earhart served such clients as Ampex, Cisco, Convergent Technologies, Legato, Polycom, and Varian Inc. Earhart currently serves on the board of Brocade Systems and is chairman of the audit committee of Rovi Corporation. Earhart has a bachelor of science degree in certified public accounting from the University of Oregon.
Dr. Jerry Held Member of the Compensation Committee
Dr. Gerald Held was appointed to the NetApp board in December 2009. Dr. Held, CEO of Held Consulting LLC, provides strategic consulting to CEOs and senior executives of technology firms.
In 1998, Dr. Held was "CEO-in-residence" at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Through 1997, he was senior vice president of Oracle Corporation's server product division, where he was responsible for Oracle's most important products during a period of rapid growth, from $1.5 billion to $6 billion in annual revenues. Prior to working at Oracle, he spent 18 years at Tandem Computers, where he was a member of the executive team that grew Tandem from a startup to $2 billion in annual revenues. During his tenure at Tandem, Dr. Held was appointed to several senior management positions, including chief technology officer, senior vice president of strategy, and vice president of new ventures. He led the initial development of Tandem's relational database products.
Dr. Held also serves on the board of Informatica Corporation and Openwave Systems. He is chairman of Vertica Systems, Bella Pictures, and Software Development Technologies. He served as lead independent director of Business Objects until its sale to SAP in 2008.
Dr. Held received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue, an MS in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, where he led the initial development of the INGRES relational database management system.
Kathy Hill Member of the Compensation Committee
Kathy Hill served in a number of positions at Cisco Systems, Inc. from 1997 to 2013, including,
among others, Executive Advisor from 2011 to 2013, Senior Vice President, Development Strategy and
Operations from 2009 to 2011, Senior Vice President, Access Networking and Services Group from 2008 to 2009
and Senior Vice President, Ethernet Systems and Wireless Technology Group from 2005 to 2008. Prior to Cisco,
Ms. Hill had a number of engineering roles at various technology companies. Ms. Hill currently serves on the
board of directors of Moody’s Corporation, a provider of credit ratings, research, tools and analysis for financial
markets, and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.
Ms. Hill received a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Mike Nevens Lead Independent Director, Chairman of the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee Member of the Audit Committee
Michael Nevens was appointed to the NetApp board in December 2009. Michael Nevens serves as a senior advisor to Permira, an international private equity fund with 21 billion euros of funds under management. He also serves on the board of directors of Altera Corporation and Ciena Corporation. Nevens is on the board of trustees of the San Jose Museum of Art. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, where he has been an adjunct professor of Corporate Governance and Strategy.
Nevens retired as a director (senior partner) of McKinsey & Co. in 2002 after leading McKinsey's global technology practice. He also served on the board of the McKinsey Global Institute, which conducts research on economic and policy issues.
Nevens received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from the Krannert School at Purdue University, where he was designated a Krannert Scholar. He resides in Los Altos Hills, California, with his wife, Yvonne.
George Shaheen Member of the Compensation Committee
George T. Shaheen was appointed to the NetApp board in June 2004. Mr. Shaheen's distinguished career in the technology industry spans over 30 years, including CEO of Siebel Systems:, CEO and chairman of Webvan Group Inc.; CEO and Global Managing Partner of Andersen Consulting, which later became Accenture, from 1989 to 1999. He has served as an IT governor of the World Economic Forum. Shaheen currently serves on the boards of PRA International, Univita Health, 24/7 Customer, newScale and Voxify. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Marcus & Millichap Company and the Strategic Board of Advisors for Genstar Capital.
Shaheen has a master's degree in business administration and a bachelor of science degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and he has served on the University's Board of Trustees.
Bob Wall Chairman of the Compensation Committee, member of the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee
Bob Wall has over 30 years of varied management experience with leading technology, investment, entertainment, and consumer product companies. Since 1984, he has been president of On Point Developments LLC, a venture management and investment company. From June 1997 through November 1998, he was chief executive officer and a director of Clarity Wireless, Inc., a broadband wireless data communications company that was acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc., in November 1998. From April 1994 through August 1997, he served as chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer of Theatrix Interactive, Inc., a consumer educational software publisher. Wall, the founding president and CEO of MIPS Computer Systems in 1984, has served on the board of Silicon Graphics, Inc., worked as chairman and CEO of Presentation Technologies, and headed corporate finance at Hambrecht and Quist, Inc., as well as investment and merchant banking at Cowen & Company.
Rick Wallace Member of the Compensation Committee
Rick Wallace currently serves as the president and CEO of KLA-Tencor Corporation®. He began his career at KLA Instruments in 1988 as an applications engineer and has held various general management positions throughout his 23-year tenure with the company. Wallace became the CEO of KLA-Tencor in January 2006.
Wallace currently serves as the chairman of the board of directors for Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), an industry trade association. He also serves on the boards of directors for Beckman Coulter®, an Orange County-based biomedical company, and NetApp®, a creator of storage and data management solutions that is headquartered in Silicon Valley.
Wallace earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and his master's degree in engineering management from Santa Clara University.