Log In

Company : NetApp 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 2:25PM IST (8:55AM GMT)
George Kurian, CEO of NetApp, Goes Back To School
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

The St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School auditorium was packed with about 400 eager students and teachers who were waiting to hear one of their famous ‘old boys’ George Kurian speak. Kurian was the Chief Guest of the Annual ‘Welcome to the OBA’ ceremony – an event that signals the formal entry of a new group of 10th and 12th standard students into the Alumni Association fondly called the Old Boys Association (OBA). George Kurian is the CEO and President of NetApp - an American multinational storage and data management company, and is a member of the OBA since 1983, when he passed out along with his equally famous twin brother Thomas Kurian who is the President of Product Development at Oracle Corporation.

Kurian may have a long list of accomplishments against his name - one of them being that he is one of the handful of Indian-origin CEOs of a Fortune 500 company, but he still considers himself as a proud old boy of St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School. Addressing the 10th and 12th grade students, Kurian reminisced his ‘scrappy kid’ days in his alma mater and the priceless moments he shared with some of his teachers and the then-school Principal, the late Fr. Frigidian Shenoy. He also vividly recalled the moment when Fr. Shenoy encouraged both Thomas and him to go abroad and study, something that he said he eventually did by going to the US in 1986 to pursue higher studies with just $400 in his pocket and having to do a number of odd jobs to fend for himself while studying. 
The global CEO reminded the students about the importance of the values ‘fide’ (faith) and ‘labore’ (labor), that the school taught them just like it did during his school days. He encouraged the students to pursue their passions and dreams and to make it big at a global level.
George Kurian said, “You will undoubtedly make decisions moving forward in life. One thing that I have learnt from the choices that I made is that there isn’t really a good decision upfront. What matters most is what you do after you have made a choice. Learn to embrace the opportunities ahead of you and don’t shy away from taking on new adventures. Make sure that what you choose to do is your path. You have to do extraordinary work to be successful, and that is possible only when you love what you do.”
Following his speech, Kurian handed out mementos to the students as a symbolic gesture to welcome them into the Old Boys’ fraternity.
The event was also attended by key members and officials of the Old Boys’ Association (OBA) including Sanjay Swamy, well-known technologist and angel investor, who also introduced George Kurien during the session, and Shashi Lewis and George Ollapally, its President and Vice President, respectively.

For News Release background on NetApp click here
Media Contact Details
Anuroopa M Pereira, Text100 Bangalore, +91-8197629185, anuroopap@text100.co.in
Submit your press release
More News from NetApp

31/08/2018 2:10PM

NetApp Builds Whitefield Fire Station Towards Community Impact

A ready-to-operate fire station constructed by NetApp India Pvt. Ltd. was inaugurated by Dr. G. Parameshwara, Honourable Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister, Government of Karnataka, in Whitefield today.

12/04/2017 6:20PM Image

NetApp Creates Social Impact through its Multi-pronged Approach

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) nurtures a culture of caring and service to others which extends to the communities around the globe. NetApp employees care about doing the right thing in all possible ways—whether it is ...

30/01/2014 1:10PM

NetApp Breaks Ground on World-Class Research and Development Center in Bangalore, India

Today, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) broke ground on a world-class research and development (R&D) facility at Mahadevapura, in Bangalore, India.   The nearly one million square foot facility will offer world-class ...

Similar News

17/11/2018 11:48AM

Schlumberger Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2018 Results Conference Call

Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB) will hold a conference call on January 18, 2019 to discuss the results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2018.   The conference call is scheduled to begin ...

No Image

16/11/2018 6:17PM Image

1 Lac Weavers to Access the Power of Clear Vision in Varanasi

VisionSpring and Varanasi Smart City Limited announced the expansion of the Varanasi Clear Vision Campaign (Ujjwal Drishti Abhiyan) to screen the vision of 1 Lac weavers and textile workers by July 2019. The campaign ...

Multimedia Gallery
George Kurian, NetApp's CEO visiting St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School as a chief guest of the Annual ‘Welcome to OBA’ ceremony.