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2009 Morgan StanleyLeadership Award for Global Commerce

Established in 1999, The Morgan Stanley Leadership Award for Global Commerce recognizes individuals whose personal Leadership has made a critical contribution to the effective use of information technology throughout the world.

Daniel J. Warmenhoven
Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer
Thomas F. Mendoza
Vice Chairman

NetApp, Incorporated

“My ideas on leadership and values and culture are all woven together.
Leadership compliments management skills. Management skills are analytical.
They’re skills of the brain. Leadership is all about inspiring the heart.” - Daniel J. Warmenhoven, Oral History

Dan Warmenhoven is chairman and chief executive officer of NetApp, a leader in enterprise data management and open networked storage solutions. Under Warmenhoven’s leadership, NetApp has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company and is a recognized market leader in networked storage—a concept the company pioneered.

Warmenhoven joined NetApp in October 1994 and led the company’s initial public offering in November 1995. Today, NetApp is ranked as the number one among the “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” by FORTUNE magazine and has ranked in the top 50 on this prestigious list for the past 7 years. NetApp is also included in FORTUNE magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” and “America’s Largest Corporations” lists as well as the “400 Best Big Companies in America” list by Forbes magazine and is included in both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ 100 indices.

Warmenhoven is a member of the Bechtel Board of Counselors and a Director of Aruba Networks, Inc. He is vice chairman of the board of the Tech Museum of Innovation, as well as a trustee of Bellarmine College Preparatory.  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, Warmenhoven was also awarded the prestigious “National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award.
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. Prior to HP, Warmenhoven was a 13-year veteran of IBM Corporation.

Warmenhoven holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, with honors, from Princeton University.


“I have a simple leadership belief, which is people don’t care what you know unless they know that you care. You believe in me and I believe in you. Together we’ll sacrifice.” -
Thomas F. Mendoza, Oral History

Tom Mendoza joined NetApp in 1994 as the head of North American Sales and later served as the company’s president from 2000 until 2008.  Mr. Mendoza has more than 30 years as a high technology executive and has served on the boards of multiple high tech companies.  He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and is an alumnus of Stanford University’s Executive Business Program and is a guest lecturer at both institutions.  In September 2000, the University of Notre Dame renamed their business school the Mendoza College of Business based upon an endowment from Tom and his wife, Kathy.

Mr. Mendoza often speaks about corporate culture and leadership for organizations all over the world.  He has been the keynote speaker for such diverse companies as Oracle, the U.S. Marine Corps and at CIO Executive Summits around the globe.

The Nominating Committee for the 2009 Morgan Stanley Leaderrship Award for Global Commerce:
Marvin Adams
President, Fidelity Shared Services
Fidelity Investments
Cristobal I. Conde
President & CEO
Fred Matteson
Managing Director
Alvarez & Marsal Business Consulting, LLC
Dan Morrow
Co-Founder & Principal
Jamestown Exploration Company
Steven L. Sheinheit
Retired CIO
Jon Shirley
Board Director
Matthew J. Szulik
Chairman of the Board
Red Hat
John W. Thompson
Chairman of the Board
Symantec Corporation