NetApp Appoints Matt Watts as Chief Technology Officer, EMEA, and Promotes Johannes Wagmueller to Lead Solutions Engineering in the Geo

NetApp, the data authority for hybrid cloud, today appointed Matt Watts to the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO), EMEA, and promoted Johannes Wagmueller to lead solutions engineering, EMEA. Watts and Wagmueller report to Alexander Wallner, Senior Vice President & General Manager for NetApp in EMEA, and join his executive leadership council. 

As EMEA CTO, Matt Watts will be the key interpreter of the company’s global technology strategy, advising executive teams internally as well as partners and customers on how to integrate transformative solutions, processes, and business models, and drive productive digital transformation. His key responsibilities include working with new buyers and their content needs, developing education and messaging inside and outside of the company, and helping to build and demonstrate the company’s strategic vision. Watts joined NetApp in 2004. Previously, he was global Director of Technology & Strategy for the company and helped teams on both sides of the Atlantic turn strategic messaging into quantifiable business success.

Johannes Wagmueller, previously acting as interim leader for the function, will lead the solutions engineering teams in the company’s EMEA markets. Wagmueller joined NetApp in 2002, eventually heading solutions engineering in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH). With the latest promotion, he extends his multi-country responsibility to oversee a large team of integrated technology experts. The team designs and manages NetApp’s hybrid cloud portfolio solutions for a wide range of cutting-edge applications such as hybrid multicloud deployments, artificial intelligence and cloud data services. The move underlines the importance of helping customers navigate a rapidly evolving technology landscape built on and around digital data.

Matt Watts says: “In a time of fast-paced digitally driven transformation it becomes crucially important to understand the hybrid cloud world and educate others about the value of our portfolio. I am happy to re-join the EMEA team and work with them and our partners and customers, discussing data innovation and the implications for enterprises large and small.”

Johannes Wagmueller adds: “NetApp is unique in the market in offering the only truly and fully fabric-connected hybrid cloud portfolio. With my team, we are in a prime position to bring its critical value to our customers, leveraging broad solutions, a vibrant partner network, and strong expertise at the technology and business level.”

A10 Networks Announces Dhrupad Trivedi as New CEO

Founder Lee Chen Will Assist in Smooth Transition of Leadership

Strategy Committee of the Board of Directors Continues to Review Strategic Alternatives Directed at Maximizing Shareholder Value

A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN), a leading provider of intelligent and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced that Dhrupad Trivedi has agreed to join the company as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective December 2, 2019.  Lee Chen, who founded A10 Networks in 2004 and has served as CEO since inception, will continue to be actively involved with the company to ensure a smooth leadership transition, and will continue as chairman of the A10 Networks Board of Directors. 

Dr. Trivedi joins A10 Networks from Belden, where he most recently was Executive Vice President running Tripwire, a cybersecurity software business and CTO of Belden. Prior to this, he held other executive roles at Belden, including President of Belden’s Network Solutions Division; Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development, leading the company’s M&A activities; and starting in Belden as President of Trapeze Networks. Prior to joining Belden, Trivedi held executive roles at JDS Uniphase Corporation from 1998 through 2010. 

“I am honored and excited to join A10 Networks as CEO to help the company pursue its mission of organic growth by delivering leading technology for our customers in terms of reliability, security and availability. I also look forward to partnering with the Strategy Committee of the Board of Directors to maximize shareholder value,” said Trivedi. “Lee and the A10 team have established a strong reputation as the high-performance leader in multiple growing markets, which will provide strong secular tailwinds for many years to come. I am excited to join the company at a pivotal time and lead it through this key inflection point to the next phase of growth. I look forward to working with our customers, employees, partners and investors.”

“I am privileged to serve marquee customers across the globe in a wide variety of industries and tremendously proud of the innovative solutions we offer. I am honored to have worked with our outstanding team at A10. I especially appreciate their commitment to customer success first and foremost in everything they do,” said Chen. “I am also deeply confident that under Dhrupad’s leadership the A10 Networks team will continue to help our customers prosper.”

The company has committed to appoint Trivedi to its board of directors within 30 days of his joining the Company. The company’s letter agreement with VIEX Capital Advisors and its affiliates, in which the company had agreed to fix the size of the Board at six, has been amended to permit increasing the board to seven members until the company’s 2020 annual meeting of shareholders. Pursuant to the amended agreement, the company has also agreed to re-nominate directors Eric Singer and Tor R. Braham for election at the 2020 annual meeting, and VIEX Capital Advisors’ right to identify, and A10 Networks agreement to appoint within 15 days thereafter, an additional director to the Board, with Phillip J. Salsbury agreeing to resign from the Board in such event, has been extended for an additional year.

The Company further announced that the Strategy Committee of the Board of Directors continues to evaluate steps to maximize shareholder value.