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NetApp Inc. is an American Multinational Computer storage firm and ranked in the list of Fortune 500. Strategy specialist Tom Georgens is the person who has taken this American multinational on new heights. Wits, dignity of post, far sightedness are few things to be named for him and Tom matches every single characteristic of these being a successful CEO in this new epoch. Concept-to-Execution Technology driver; Tom has been a valued contributor to key strategic improvements and highly successful new set ups.

Mr. Georgens holds a multidimensional profile with strong experience in cultivating prolific client relationship, a strong-minded focus on operations as well executions, and an unquenchable passion for devising outstanding client teams. Blessed with an aptitude in driving unprecedented profitability, 52 year old Tom ranks fourth in the Technology Hardware and Equipment segment. This sheds a light on the achievement of this dignified persona. He is the man of wits who has the zeal to take NetApp to new heights with his out-of-box thinking and experience in the design and implementation of strategies for organizational growth. He has been associated with NetApp for the past 7 years.

Early Days and Education

Tom did his BS from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, ME from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MBA from Babson College. Before joining NetApps, he had spent nine years at Engenio which is a subsidiary of LSI Logic and for the last two years he has been serving as the CEO. He had also served in various other positions which include positions like the president of LSI Logic Storage Systems and executive vice president of the same. While working at Engenio Tom had made wonders happen by building the business into the successful OEM storage provider for different companies like IBM, NCR, Storage Tek, Silicon Graphics and Sun Microsystems. Prior to Engenio, Tom has spent 11 years at EMC in various engineering and marketing positions.

The Spark

Tom is the CEO, President and member of the Board of Directors of NetApp Inc. from February 2008 to August 2009. He had also served as the President and Chief Operating Officer holding the responsibility for all product operations and field operations worldwide. He joined NetApp in October 2005 as an Executive Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Storage Systems. He was named Executive Vice President of Product Operations from January 2007 to February 2008.

Tom began his career with Data General as an ASIC designer for the 32 bit architecture. He also served as the President of the Engenio Storage Group since August 1998 and as Chief Executive Officer since February 2004. He served as the Chief Accounting Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Engenio Storage Group. He also served as the President of the Storage Systems of LSI Corporation and also served as the Executive Vice President from November 2000 to February2004. From August 1998 to November 2000 he served at LSI Corporation as the Senior Vice President and General Manager. He joined Symbiosis in the year 1996, where he served as the Vice President and the General Manager of Storage Systems. He has also served the NetApp for the post of Director since February 2008 and Electronics for Imaging Inc. since April 22, 2008. He has been the Member of the Board of Director at Autodesk Inc. since March 21, 2013. His other affiliations can be highlighted as:

Electronics for Imaging Inc.
LSI Corporation
Autodesk Inc
The Engenio Storage Group
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Babson College
NetApp India Pvt. Ltd.

Journey with NetApp

Tom has been appointed as the President and chief executive officer of NetApp since February 2008. He serves as the CEO and President of the NetApp at NetApp Systems India Pvt. Ltd. He also served as the Principal Operating Officer of NetApp Inc from February 2008 to August 2009. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer of NetApp from March 2008 to August 2009 and Executive Vice President of Product Operations from January 2007 to February 2008.

Tom had once sold 100,000 shares for $3,802,270 or $38.02 of each share, and he also sold 21, 122 shares for $793, 359 and he now directly owns 9, 653 shares. Tom’s total salary accounts for $861, 539 and the total compensation accounts for $8,342,123.

Awards & Honors

Named as one of the world’s richest billionaires by Forbes Magazine
Named as Tech Innovator of the Year by the Stevie American Business Awards


  I am honored to take on these additional responsibilities
  We’re a storage and data management company. That’s been our focus from day one, and we intend to be experts in that, although clearly as we get bigger we’ll expand our footprint.
  We need to earn our business and our customer trust every day
  Deduplication technology basically eliminates multiple backups and makes disk-to-disk backup cost effective.
  The velocity of the economics is too compelling. That will be the primary way of deploying applications
  Our innovation has enabled more virtualization, which is the evolution to shared infrastructure or the private cloud
  Flash, on a capacity basis, is more expensive than disk

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