NetApp Appoints Debra McCowan as Chief Human Resources Officer

NetApp Appoints Debra McCowan as Chief Human Resources Officer

Veteran HR Executive with Experience Supporting Global Organizations Through Growth and Transformation Joins NetApp’s Leadership Team

NetApp, the data authority for hybrid cloud, announced the appointment of Debra McCowan as senior vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO) at NetApp, reporting to CEO George Kurian.

“I look forward to partnering with the executive team to develop a progressive and aligned global HR strategy and to creating an environment where talent and culture continue to be foundational and a driving factor in the success of NetApp.”

Debra McCowan
Debra McCowan

McCowan brings many years of experience in running global HR organizations to NetApp’s leadership team. As CHRO, she will work to ensure that NetApp’s people strategy aligns with its business strategy. She will lead all aspects of human resources, including talent acquisition, talent development and learning, business partnerships, organizational development and effectiveness, compensation and benefits, diversity, inclusion and belonging, and operations and systems.

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“Debra has demonstrated her ability to provide leadership in aligning HR and people strategy with business strategy in companies experiencing rapid growth and transformation,” said George Kurian, CEO at NetApp. “Her understanding of global businesses and skill at partnering with executive teams and across organizations will be key to driving a high-performance organization that will help fuel the next era of growth.”

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“NetApp’s rapid growth as one of the world’s leading technology companies offers an exciting opportunity,” said Debra McCowan, CHRO at NetApp. “I look forward to partnering with the executive team to develop a progressive and aligned global HR strategy and to creating an environment where talent and culture continue to be foundational and a driving factor in the success of NetApp.”

“Debra McCowan will be replacing Gwen McDonald, who is retiring after 14 years leading the NetApp HR team,” said Kurian. “Gwen’s leadership built a strong foundation for NetApp that sustained us through transformation. We all thank her for her tireless work on behalf of the company and wish her well on her retirement.”

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