Netapp Global Leader Scott Strubel Quits

Netapp former top executive Scott Strubel has decided to part ways with the company after a seven-year old successful stint as their Vice President. One of the leading faces of Netapp in America, Scott was actively involved in the expansion of the channel partner base to take NetApp to second place in the Flash storage market. He was also named in ‘The Channel Company’s Top 50 Midmarket IT Executives list’ in 2016.

According to local reports, the company is driving up efforts to find his replacement. What led to Scotts’ departure is still not clear, but in a letter to CNR he made it clear that he wishes to take some time-off before landing up new roles in the tech industry.

"I’ve decided to resign and take a little time off before re-entering the tech sector. During those seven years at NetApp, I put in over 1,000 nights on the road and, after that average of 145 nights per year in hotel beds, I decided it was time for a break," Strubel wrote.

A formal announcement was made that Thomas Stanley, senior vice president and general manager of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based NetApp's Americas business will be handed over the role of Scott before the final replacement.

"[Stanley] notified the NetApp Americas channel team that Scott Strubel, channel leader for the Americas, has left the company due to personal reasons. The team is reporting to Thomas and NetApp is conducting a search for the replacement. We wish Scott all the best and thank him for his many contributions," NetApp wrote in that statement.

John Woodall, vice president of engineering at Integrated Archive Systems (IAS), a Palo Alto, Calif.-based solution provider and longtime NetApp channel partner recognized Strubel contributions by saying "I remember when he joined NetApp," Woodall told CRN. "It was a breath of fresh air for the channel. Scott emphasized partner profitability. He emphasized developing partner services. He established a road show program to train partners so there was less need to go to NetApp for training."

Strubel knew how to follow up on channel action items, Woodall said. "He was always taking good notes in meetings, and did well with follow-ups," he said. "I enjoyed working with him. I'm sorry to see him go."