Dan Warmenhoven '72, chairman of the Board of Directors and executive chairman of NetApp, is scheduled to deliver the next talk in the Keller Center's Leadership in a Technological World Lecture Series for the 2009-2010 academic year. The event will be held in the Friend Center Convocation Room (113) at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23; a reception will follow. The event is sponsored by the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education and made possible by generous support from the William Pierson Field Lectureship Fund.
Inaugurated in the fall of 2006, the Leadership in a Technological World lecture series features successful leaders in technology, who offer a variety of stories and perspectives on the complex path to success in a rapidly changing world. Previous speakers have included Norm Augustine '57 *59, former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp; David Crane, CEO and president of NRG Energy; Jeff Wilke '89, Senior Vice President, North American Retail for Amazon.com; Laura Forese, MD '83, Senior VP, COO, and CMO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Dan Warmenhoven is responsible for building and expanding NetApp’s relationships with key strategic partners, including service providers and technology partners, and is a member of NetApp’s strategic planning and development team.
Previously, Warmenhoven served as chief executive officer of NetApp from 2005 to 2009 and president and CEO from 1994 to 2005. Under Warmenhoven's leadership, NetApp grew to become a multibillion-dollar company and a recognized market leader in networked storage, a concept the company pioneered. Warmenhoven led the company's initial public offering in November 1995.
In August 2009, Warmenhoven received the Morgan Stanley Leadership Award for Global Commerce. He is a director of Bechtel Group, Inc. and Aruba Networks, Inc. Warmenhoven is also vice chairman of the board of the Tech Museum of Innovation as well as a trustee of Bellarmine College Preparatory, both in San Jose, California. In June 2007, Warmenhoven received an honorary degree from Santa Clara University for his dedication to global business and technology leadership and in 2006 was named one of the "50 Most Powerful People in Networking" by Network World. In 2004, he won the prestigious "National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year" award, and in 2001 BusinessWeek named Warmenhoven one of its "Top 25 Managers" for the year.
Previously, Warmenhoven served as chairman, president, and CEO of Network Equipment Technologies (N.E.T.), a telecommunications manufacturer. He is a veteran of Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP), where he held senior management positions, including general manager of the Information Networks group. Prior to working at HP, Warmenhoven was employed for 13 years at IBM Corporation.
Warmenhoven holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, with honors, from Princeton University.