Storage vendor NetApp has named Tom Georgens as president and CEO,
effective immediately, succeeding Dan Warmenhoven, who served as CEO
for 15 years.
The management change, characterized as a planned transition, came on the
same day the company announced lower quarterly revenue year over year but
higher-than-expected earnings for the quarter.
Georgens, 49, has served as president and chief operating officer and as a
member of the board of directors at NetApp since February 2008, the company
says. He joined NetApp in October 2005 as executive vice president and general
manager of Enterprise Storage Systems. He was named executive vice president of
Product Operations in January 2007.
Warmenhoven, 58, will continue as chairman of the board of directors and will
also assume the newly created role of executive chairman. In this new role,
NetApp says he will build and expand relationships with strategic partners,
including service providers and technology partners.
“Looking back, I am very proud that NetApp has achieved a leadership position
in the storage market and now look forward to supporting Tom as he takes the
company through the next stages of growth in a new era for the information
technology [IT] industry,” says Warmenhoven, in a prepared statement. “Tom has
demonstrated proven leadership capabilities in strategy development and