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NetApp Names Anthony Lye to Lead Cloud Business Unit

March 2017 by Marc Jacob

NetApp announced the appointment of Anthony Lye as senior vice president, Cloud Business Unit.

Cloud computing represents a significant opportunity for NetApp as enterprises embrace private, hybrid and hyperscale delivery options to improve agility, insight and innovation. Lye, who reports to NetApp CEO George Kurian, drives the strategy and execution necessary to create a profitable cloud business for NetApp and establish the company as the undisputed leader in managing data in a cloud-integrated world.

Lye brings more than 25 years of diverse leadership experience to NetApp, spanning roles in development, product management, marketing, sales, and as a high-tech CEO. He has focused primarily on cloud innovation for the past 15 years, most recently as the executive vice president (EVP) and chief cloud officer at Guidewire Software, where he led the insurance software company’s transition from on-premises to cloud solutions.

About Anthony Lye

Throughout his 27-year career, Lye has held a diverse range of senior leadership roles at companies ranging from 10-person firms to large multi-nationals. He has managed all aspects of business operations, including full responsibility for P&L, development and product management, direct and partner sales leadership, with hands-on experience building applications and working with developers skilled in AWS, Azure and force.com. His background includes leading teams in both North America and Europe, with extensive international travel to Asia and South America.

Prior to his role as EVP and chief cloud officer at Guidewire Software, he served as president & CEO for HotSchedules, a vertical cloud company building applications for the restaurant, retail and hospitality industries. He was previously the global president of Digital Platforms, Customer Relationship Management and channels at Publicis, the world’s largest digital agency. He was also senior vice president and general manager of Oracle’s CRM and Customer Experience, and earlier in his career, held senior leadership positions at Siebel Systems and Remedy Corporation.

Lye earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering with honors from the University of Bath in Bath, United Kingdom. He serves on the board of Spoken Communications and is an investor in both startups and venture funds




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