84: George Kurian, NetApp CEO: A Twin and a Team Builder

 
 George Kurian sat down with me at the New York Stock Exchange about three years into his tenure as NetApp CEO.

George Kurian sat down with me at the New York Stock Exchange about three years into his tenure as NetApp CEO.

George Kurian is the CEO of NetApp, a storage technology company whose stock market value is more than $20 billion. Normally I like to start off talking about what makes my guests unique. But in this case, George has a lot in common with another Silicon Valley tech executive named Kurian – his twin brother Thomas is president at Oracle. 

George and I could spend a lot of time talking about how unlikely it is that anyone climbs to the top level of a multi-billion-dollar Silicon Valley tech company, much less that two brothers would do it. We did talk about that a bit. But we also talked about strategy, and the challenges he's faced leading in a period of rapid change.