David Hitz

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David Hitz
Alma materSwarthmore College
Deep Springs College
Princeton University
OccupationEVP of NetApp
Known forCo-founder of NetApp
WebsiteDavid Hitz

David Hitz is an American engineer. In 1992, he, James Lau, and Michael Malcolm founded NetApp, where he became an executive vice president.

A graduate of Deep Springs College, Hitz earned a BSE from Princeton University and went on to work as an engineer at MIPS Computer Systems and as a senior engineer at Auspex Systems.

He is co-recipient (with James Lau) of the 2007 IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Systems Award.[1]

In February 2019, Hitz announced his retirement as executive vice president of NetApp.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Systems Award Recipients". 2009-04-01.
  2. ^ Kovar, Joseph F. (2019-02-14). "NetApp Co-Founder Dave Hitz To Retire". CRN. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  3. ^ "NetApp founder Dave Hitz steps away after 26 years". SearchStorage. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  4. ^ Mellor, Chris (2019-02-14). "How to get a self-castrated bull: Dave Hitz retires from NetApp". Blocks and Files. Retrieved 2020-01-28.

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