Bangalore, May 14 2020: Cloud data services leader, NetApp, has announced the appointment of Cesar Cernuda as president of NetApp, effective in July. He will lead the global go-to-market operations spanning sales, marketing, services, and support.
Before joining NetApp, Cernuda served as president of Microsoft Latin America and corporate vice president of Microsoft Corporation, where he was responsible for all of Microsoft’s products, services, and support offerings across Latin America, and for accelerating the company’s transformation for the mobile-first, cloud-first era.Before that, Cernuda was president of Microsoft Asia Pacific, where he led the company’s commercial and consumer products and service and support offerings. He also served as the worldwide vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions sales and field operations. He oversaw the Microsoft ERP and CRM go-to-market business worldwide. Earlier, he was vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions International, where he was responsible for sales, presales, channel, marketing, product, support, and services.
Cernuda earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from ESIC University in Spain and completed a management development program (PDD) from IESE Business School at the University of Navarra in Spain. In 2012, he completed the “Leadership for Senior Executives” program offered by Harvard Business School.
“As we look to accelerate our cloud and software strategy, Cesar’s experience in successfully transforming large global organizations will strengthen NetApp’s position as a leader in cloud data services and drive value for our shareholders,” said George Kurian, chief executive officer. “I’m excited to welcome a leader of his caliber. I look forward to him bringing to the team his passion for strong results, his commitment to building diverse, high-performing teams, and his experience in business transformation as we continue to evolve our go-to-market strategy to reflect the changing customer landscape.”
“I believe NetApp will become a key partner in every organization’s data strategy, and I am looking forward to being a part of it,” said Cernuda. “The key hyperscale public cloud vendors have bet on NetApp technology to support them with their customer offerings, and the APAC region continues to be a front runner in the adoption and use of cloud technology. During my three years as a leader in Asia Pacific, I learned from customers and partners how to best help them not only deploy but fully utilize the technology. I am thrilled with the opportunity to bring that knowledge to NetApp to help and support customers and partners manage and protect one of their most important assets— their data.”