Neal (Cornelia) Barrentine Clapper received the Alumni Award of Distinction during Alumni Weekend at William Woods University April 21-23.
The Alumni Award of Distinction was first presented in 1952 and honors an alumnus who has achieved national or international recognition in his or her chosen field.
Clapper graduated from WWU in 1980 with a B.S. in computer science and accounting, with a minor in equestrian science. She received her master’s degree in engineering management in 1992 from Stanford University in Stanford, Calif.
While attending WWU, Clapper was the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award, as well as the Distinguished Scholar Award in computer science.
Currently Clapper lives in Switzerland and is the vice president and general manager of Hewlett-Packard’s Storage Works Division for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, where she is responsible for the profitable growth of HP’s Storage Business.
Clapper manages the product marketing, business management, and sales operations functions for both direct and indirect routes to market.
She is also a long standing mentor for HP’s Advanced Development Program.
Clapper joined HP in 1980 and has held a variety of roles at the worldwide and region level for HP’s Storage, Sales, Services and Software Business Units. She began her career with HP as a senior programmer analyst in the computer support division, then served as research and development section manager, lab manager and customer support manager before becoming a vice president.
In 1999, she was named vice president and general manager for the network storage solutions online storage division, a position she held for five years before being assigned to Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) as region presales vice president and then vice president and general manager of EMEA StorageWorks Division.
CUTLINE: The Clapper family (left to right): Sean, 18; Paige, 15; Neal and Bryan.