In our General Sessions, you’ll hear from NetApp executives and industry experts about how people are changing the world with data, see evidence and examples powered by NetApp solutions, and learn how to get started on your path to data-driven success. You’ll leave with information about how to get more from your NetApp investment through technology and innovation that offer new possibilities for your business, today and tomorrow.
Chief Executive Officer
George Kurian is 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.
Vice President and General Manager
SolidFire Business Unit
Daniel Berg is the Vice President and General Manager of the SolidFire business unit at NetApp. Daniel is charged with the end-to-end business responsibility and full range of SolidFire-related products, including SolidFire all flash arrays and NetApp HCI.
Daniel has held several executive positions, most recently as the Chief Product Officer at SolidFire prior to NetApp’s acquisition. Prior to that he held the position of Chief Technology Officer and head of Research and Development at Skype, where he was responsible for developing Skype’s full range of technologies and products. Daniel also spent 15 years at Sun Microsystems in a variety of engineering and management roles, including being named a Distinguished Engineer. Daniel has also held positions at IBM, Honeywell and a few technology-related startups.
Daniel spent many years of his career working internationally, including in France, Czech Republic, United Kingdom and Estonia. He is passionate about technology and its possibilities and is a strong advocate for diversity in engineering and continuous integration and deployment development models that stimulate communication, collaboration and innovation. Daniel has also authored a number of books and papers detailing Java, concurrent programming, and development methodologies and architecture.
Executive Vice President
As Executive Vice President, David Hitz is responsible for the future strategy and direction of NetApp.
Dave Hitz and James Lau founded NetApp in 1992 with a desire to simplify storage the way Cisco simplified networking. Dave and James believed that general-purpose computing systems were too complex, so they built dedicated devices called appliances. These appliances were designed to handle one thing well: storage.
Prior to 1992, Dave worked as a senior engineer at Auspex Corporation, an enterprise storage solutions provider, where he was responsible for file systems and microkernel design. He also held engineering positions at MIPS Computer, focusing on file system and I/O subsystem design for the System V kernel development effort.
Before his career in the computer industry, Dave worked as a cowboy, getting valuable management experience by herding, branding and castrating cattle. Dave documented these and other formative business experiences in his autobiography, “How To Castrate A Bull, Unexpected Lessons on Risk, Growth, and Success in Business.“
Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering from Princeton University.
Senior Vice President,
Cloud Business Unit
Anthony Lye is Senior Vice President of the Cloud Business Unit for NetApp. He is responsible for the strategy and execution to further NetApp’s cloud innovation across private, hybrid cloud and hyperscaler models and establish the company as the undisputed leader in managing data in a cloud-integrated world.
He brings more than 25 years of diverse leadership experience to NetApp, spanning roles in development, product management, marketing, sales and as a high-tech CEO. He has focused primarily on cloud innovation for the past 15 years, most recently as the Executive Vice President and Chief Cloud Officer at Guidewire Software, where he led the insurance software company’s transition from on-premises to cloud solutions. His background includes leading teams in both North America and Europe and hands-on experience building applications and working with the developer community.
Earlier in his career, Anthony served as President and Chief Executive Officer for HotSchedules, a vertical cloud company building applications for the restaurant, retail and hospitality industries. He was previously the Global President of Digital Platforms, Customer Relationship Management and Channels at Publicis, the world’s largest digital agency. He also held senior leadership positions at Oracle, Siebel Systems and Remedy Corporation.
Anthony earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering with honors from the University of Bath in Bath, United Kingdom. He serves on the board of Spoken Communications and is an investor in both startups and venture funds.
William H. Miller
William H. Miller
Senior Vice President,
Chief Information Officer
William (Bill) Miller is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at NetApp, responsible for business application solution management and delivery across NetApp. His team works closely with their global IT peers and business partners, with focus on end-to-end planning, execution and delivery of business capabilities, in support of our overall IT roadmap.
Bill brings to NetApp an extensive background in providing technology-centered leadership and global business solutions to large technology companies. He served most recently as Senior Vice President and CIO at Broadcom Corporation. In this role, he led a world-class IT organization focused on delivering value by leveraging cloud computing applications and partners to maintain low-spend profiles for best-in-class efficiencies.
Prior to working at Broadcom, Bill established Sabal Systems, a high-tech consultancy focused on cyber security, IT industry strategic product positions, billing and recovery systems. His company assisted CIOs and CEOs in their most challenging technology missions, including cyber positioning for a major defense contractor and product positioning for a top networking switching supplier. He was also the CIO for Harris Corporation, focused on worldwide delivery of IT services to more than 20,000 computing clients across a global footprint, serving both federal and commercial communities.
Bill is also active on multiple executive boards. His board contributions include providing CIO advisory input for the Dean of Engineering at University of Central Florida and for Information Systems Associates at University of California Los Angeles. He also provides advisory input for the Information Management Forum, a consortium of IT leadership.
Executive Vice President,
Joel is the Executive Vice President for Product Operations at NetApp. He is responsible for overseeing the strategy and development of the NetApp product and solutions portfolio.
Joel has over 30 years of product and technology management experience in the storage industry, spanning storage systems, software and components. Previously, Joel served as NetApp’s Senior Vice President of the Hyperscale Storage Group. There he oversaw the integration of the Engenio (now E-Series) products into NetApp, the object storage strategy and products, and NetApp OnCommand Insight. Before that time, he served in various NetApp Data ONTAP engineering leadership roles. In his new role, Joel leads the advancement of the NetApp portfolio of innovation and drives delivery of the Data Fabric strategy, products and solutions.
Before joining NetApp, in 2002, Joel was Vice President of Marketing and Product Operations for HighGround Systems. He also held the position of Director of Product Management for CLARiiON products at Data General and EMC and was Director of Sales and Marketing for Conner Peripherals Storage Systems Group. He also served in product management roles at Aiwa/Core and Rodime, Inc.
Joel helped to lead the definition and introduction of many industry firsts:
- At Rodime, the first 3.5″ hard disk drive
- At Core, the first disk array for open systems and Windows
- At CLARiiON, the first enterprise-class Fibre Channel RAID system
- At NetApp, the industry’s first unified storage system
- Most recently, at NetApp, the industry’s first enterprise-class all-flash-array product, the NetApp EF-Series
Joel holds a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University.
Executive Vice President,
Worldwide Field and Customer
Henri Richard is Executive Vice President of Worldwide Field and Customer Operations at NetApp. In this role, Henri will lead NetApp’s global field and customer success operations, which support the company’s ecosystem of channel, alliance, and service partners and perform customer-facing functions. Henri will drive discussions with NetApp’s biggest strategic partners, resellers and customers across the globe.
Before joining NetApp at the start of FY’17, Henri was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Support at SanDisk Corporation. There he oversaw the rapid growth and diversification of SanDisk into the enterprise space.
Throughout his 30-year career, Henri served in global executive roles at companies including Seagate, IBM, WebGain, AMD and Freescale Semiconductor. He started his career in IT with Informatique Haute Performance in Paris, France, a company he founded to address the burgeoning need for PC-based computing in the 1980s.
Henri holds a bachelor of science degree from the Ecole Nationale de Radiotechnique et d’Electronique Appliquee in Asnieres, France.
Senior Vice President ONTAP (OSSG)
Octavian Tanase is the Senior Vice President ONTAP (ONTAP Software and Systems Group). Previously Octavian was the GM of the Cloud Appliance – AltaVault Group, which built the fabric to enable enterprises to operate in hybrid cloud environment to send their backups and archives to the cloud. Octavian started at NetApp as the Vice President of the Data Protection engineering team who shipped world-class data protection products such as SnapMirror, MetroCluster and SnapVault.
Before joining NetApp in 2010, Octavian led the Java Platform engineering group at Sun Microsystems/Oracle. He has also held various engineering roles in several start-ups in Silicon Valley.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, EMEA
Alexander Wallner is NetApp’s Senior Vice President and General Manager EMEA (which includes Europe with Russia and Turkey, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa). He is passionate about helping customers and partners achieve success and strives to build winning teams that share his passion. With the IT landscape in a state of flux and the value of data ever more important, he sees NetApp’s role as helping customers navigate a path to get greater return from their IT investments, accelerate their business performance and minimize their risk.
Alex has a strong history of leading sales teams to success at NetApp having recently led the CEMA region (Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia) and prior to that Germany, which during his tenure saw NetApp become the country’s number one storage player, a position the company has held since 2010.
Having started at NetApp in 1999, Alex also has a wealth of partner experience having run the channel business in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Eastern Europe. He started his career at m+s Elektronik AG. Alex holds a degree in business administration from FH Regensburg (now OTH Regensburg).
Adam Steltzner, PhD
Kenneth Cukier brings a global perspective to Insight 2017.
He is Data Editor of The Economist and co-author of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think, a 2013 New York Times bestseller now translated into 20 languages.
A regular commentator on BBC, CNN and NPR, Cukier is a member of the World Economic Forum’s council on data-driven development; a board director of International Bridges to Justice; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2002 – 2004, he was a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Cukier previously served as Technology Editor of the Wall Street Journal Asia in Hong Kong and worked at the International Herald Tribune in Paris.
Adam Steltzner, PhD
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Adam Steltzner, PhD, isn’t just changing the world; he is changing the worlds, plural. Steltzner led the Entry, Descent and Landing team for the Mars Rover Curiosity. At Insight 2017, he will tell the story of this amazing space exploration feat.
He is currently Chief Engineer for NASA’s Mars 2020 Project. A graduate of Cal Tech, Steltzner describes himself as “an explorer of the solar system, a student of human nature, and a general loose cannon.”
He authored The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High-Stakes Innovation.