Board of Directors
George Kurian President and Chief Executive Officer, Director
George Kurian is president and chief executive officer at NetApp and a member of the Board of Directors.
George joined the company in 2011, bringing his passion and relentless focus on execution to his leadership roles at NetApp. He was named CEO in June 2015.
Previously at NetApp, as executive vice president of Product Operations, George was responsible for the strategy and development of NetApp’s Product and Solutions portfolio. Before that George was senior vice president of the Data ONTAP group. He oversaw the product roadmap and engineering execution for the Data ONTAP operating system, the world’s most widely deployed branded storage operating system. George joined NetApp as senior vice president of the Storage Solutions Group at NetApp, where he was responsible for the solutions portfolio and joint partner technology integration.
Prior to joining NetApp, George was vice president and general manager of the Application Networking and Switching Technology Group at Cisco Systems. In this role, he was responsible for Cisco products for the modular campus LAN switching and WAN application delivery markets. He also led Cisco’s successful development of products and solutions to enable Ethernet-based converged networks for video, voice, and data.
George’s diverse background also includes the role of vice president at Akamai Technologies, management consulting at McKinsey & Company, and leading Software Engineering and Product Management teams at Oracle Corporation.
George holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University.
Mike Nevens Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee, Member of the Audit Committee
Mike Nevens is Chairman of the Board at NetApp.
Mike Nevens was appointed to the NetApp board in December 2009. Mike 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.
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 Chairwoman of the Compensation Committee, Member of the Corporate Governance & Nominating 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.
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.
Steve Smith Member of the Compensation Committee
Steve Smith was appointed to the NetApp board in May 2016. Since 2007, Steve has served as CEO and president of Equinix. Previously he served as senior vice president of HP Services at Hewlett-Packard Company. Before joining HP, Steve served as vice president of Global Professional and Managed Services at Lucent Technologies. He also held various management and sales positions during his 16 years with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Corporation, including chief sales officer and president of EDS Asia-Pacific and president of EDS Western Region.
Steve also had a successful eight-year career in the U.S. Army, where, among other roles, he was aide-de-camp to the office of the commander in chief of the U.S. Armed Forces in the Pacific. Steve graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering.
Rick Wallace Member of the Compensation Committee
Richard P. Wallace joined the Board in March 2011. Mr. Wallace currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of KLA-Tencor Corporation, a supplier of process control and yield management solutions for semiconductor and related microelectronics industries. 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. Mr. Wallace became the CEO of KLA-Tencor in January 2006. Mr. Wallace previously served as a member of the board of directors for Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), an industry trade association, and previously served as a member of the board of directors for Beckman Coulter from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Wallace earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.S. degree in engineering management from Santa Clara University.
Our Board selected Mr. Wallace to serve as a director because of his experience as chief executive officer of a publicly traded high-technology company. He brings to the Board more than two decades of experience gained while working at a technology company that has experienced growth. Mr. Wallace offers a unique perspective and expertise that is relevant to leading and advising a growth company. His experience as a board member of other publicly traded companies also provides important value and adds to his unique perspective.