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Atish Gude Joins NetApp as Chief Strategy Officer


Accomplished industry leader brings experience in identifying and
driving new opportunities to help accelerate NetApp's market momentum

NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP), the data authority for hybrid cloud, today
announced the appointment of Atish Gude as the chief strategy officer
(CSO) at NetApp, reporting to CEO George Kurian.

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Atish Gude, Chief Strategy Officer, NetApp (Photo: Business Wire)

Atish Gude, Chief Strategy Officer, NetApp (Photo: Business Wire)

Building on substantial innovation across the company, Gude's experience
in growing and managing businesses as well as cross-functional teams
will support NetApp's continued growth. He will play a critical role in
identifying and harnessing new trends and disruptive technologies that
are entering the market.

"Atish knows how to turn strategy into operating results," said George
Kurian. "He will help drive the company's momentum by working across the
organization to shape the strategic agenda with regard to new markets,
partnerships, and technologies."

"NetApp has created a strong foundation for continued growth," said
Atish Gude. "I'm passionate about translating company vision into
reality and excited to focus on helping customers derive value from data
at a time when it's more important than ever."

About Atish Gude

For the past 25 years, Gude has been a leader in the communications and
technology industries with a strong background in building and growing
businesses. Most recently he served as the senior vice president of
Corporate Strategy at Verizon Communications, where he was responsible
for the development of Verizon's corporate strategy and strategic plan.
He was key in evaluating the impact of technologies, trends, and
competitive dynamics across strategic initiatives. Prior to that he held
senior leadership roles in marketing, strategy, corporate development,
and operations at Verisign, Clearwire Communications and Sprint Nextel.
Gude earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS in computer
engineering from Syracuse University. He is married with two children.

About NetApp

NetApp is the data authority for hybrid cloud. We provide a full range
of hybrid cloud data services that simplify management of applications
and data across cloud and on-premises environments to accelerate digital
transformation. Together with our partners, we empower global
organizations to unleash the full potential of their data to expand
customer touchpoints, foster greater innovation, and optimize their
operations. For more information, visit

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