NetApp, the data authority for hybrid cloud, has appointed Matt Watts to the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO), EMEA, and promoted Johannes Wagmueller to lead solutions engineering, EMEA. Watts and Wagmueller report to Alexander Wallner, Senior Vice President & General Manager for NetApp in EMEA, and join his executive leadership council.
As EMEA CTO, Matt Watts will be the key interpreter of the company’s global technology strategy, advising executive teams internally as well as partners and customers on how to integrate transformative solutions, processes, and business models, and drive productive digital transformation. His key responsibilities include working with new buyers and their content needs, developing education and messaging inside and outside of the company, and helping to build and demonstrate the company’s strategic vision. Watts joined NetApp in 2004. Previously, he was global Director of Technology & Strategy for the company and helped teams on both sides of the Atlantic turn strategic messaging into quantifiable business success.
Johannes Wagmueller, previously acting as interim leader for the function, will lead the solutions engineering teams in the company’s EMEA markets. Wagmueller joined NetApp in 2002, eventually heading solutions engineering in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH). With the latest promotion he extends his multi-country responsibility to oversee a large team of integrated technology experts. The team designs and manages NetApp’s hybrid cloud portfolio solutions for a wide range of cutting-edge applications such as hybrid multicloud deployments, artificial intelligence and cloud data services. The move underlines the importance of helping customers navigate a rapidly evolving technology landscape built on and around digital data.
Matt Watts says: “In a time of fast-paced digitally driven transformation it becomes crucially important to understand the hybrid cloud world and educate others about the value of our portfolio. I am happy to re-join the EMEA team and work with them and our partners and customers, discussing data innovation and the implications for enterprises large and small.”
Johannes Wagmueller adds: “NetApp is unique in the market in offering the only truly and fully fabric-connected hybrid cloud portfolio. With my team we are in a prime position to bring its critical value to our customers, leveraging broad solutions, a vibrant partner network, and strong expertise at the technology and business level.”