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NetApp appoints global CSO and CTO

NetApp appoints global CSO and CTO

Kissane and Kidd to also hold senior vice-presidential roles

Storage and data management solutions provider, NetApp, has appointed Jonathon Kissane and Jay Kidd to key executive and senior vice-presidential roles for its global operations.

Kissane has joined NetApp as chief strategy officer (CSO) and senior vice-president, and will lead all NetApp corporate developments initiatives. This includes oversight of acquisitions and equity investments, the identification and evaluation of opportunities for technology collaboration, and targeted strategic relationships.

He will report directly to NetApp president and chief executive officer (CEO), Tom Georgens.

Kissane previously worked at CA Technologies as corporate development senior vice-president, where he identified opportunities to improve the company’s competitive position and portfolio of IT management solutions.

Kidd, a NetApp veteran, now holds the role of chief technology officer and senior vice-president. He is tasked with shaping NetApp’s technology vision as the storage and data management industry is transformed by the impact of virtualization, flash, big data, and the Cloud. He will now report to product operations executive vice-president, Manish Goel.

Before the promotion, Kidd led product strategy and development for NetApp’s data management and management products. According to the company, he was integral to the leadership team for Data ONTAP, an operating system.

Kidd has also held the role of product management CTO and vice-president at networking vendor, Brocade.

“The passion and vision of both these senior leaders will play an important role in leading NetApp into the future,” Georgens said. “Jon and Jay possess exceptional talent and foresight, and together they’ll not only help to determine how NetApp addresses the needs of today, but how we set the IT agenda of tomorrow.”


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