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NetApp Shuffles Management Pack

Vendor promotes Tom Georgens to COO and president

With clouds of economic uncertainty gathering over the storage market, NetApp has shuffled its management pack, creating two new positions for existing execs.

Tom Georgens, previously NetApp's VP of product operations, will be COO and president, and former president Tom Mendoza is now vice chairman.

Former Engenio CEO Georgens steps into the newly created COO/president role at a time when Netapp is looking to ramp up efforts in a range of product areas, including de-duplication and virtualization. NetApp's also planning to merge the different versions of its OnTap software.

Georgens, who spent 11 years at EMC earlier in his career, spent more than two years heading up NetApp's product operations. He is credited with overseeing the largest rollout of products in the vendor's history. Now, as COO and president, he will oversee NetApp's product and field operations at a crucial time for the company, which has been identified as being particularly vulnerable to an IT spending slowdown.

He'll face tough challenges. NetApp, for example, is looking to improve both its NAS and SAN management following its recent acquisition of SRM specialist Onaro for a rumored $120 million.

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