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SILICON VALLEY ENTREPRENEUR TO HEAD IBM SUBSIDIARY; ED ZSCHAU NAMED CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF IBM'S ADSTAR UNIT

 SAN JOSE, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) today named Ed Zschau chairman and chief executive officer of AdStaR, its information storage business unit, and established AdStaR as a wholly-owned IBM subsidiary. The IBM Board of Directors also has elected Dr. Zschau an IBM vice president.
 AdStaR, based in San Jose, is the largest information storage business in the world.
 Dr. Zschau, formerly chairman and chief executive officer of San Jose-based Censtor Corp., reports to Patrick A. Toole, IBM senior vice president, manufacturing and development.
 IBM Vice President Ray S. AbuZayyad has been named president and chief operating officer of AdStaR, reporting to Dr. Zschau. Mr. AbuZayyad was general manager of AdStaR.
 "Ed Zschau brings to AdStaR a unique breadth of experience -- entrepreneurial, academic, technical, and public service -- which complements Ray AbuZayyad's strong engineering and operations expertise," said IBM Chairman Louis V. Gerstner Jr. "Under their leadership, and with wide freedom of action, AdStaR will be more responsive to its customers and faster in seeking new market opportunities."
 In addition to overseeing AdStaR's overall business strategy and financial performance, Dr. Zschau will focus on new market opportunities, sales, distribution and customer partnerships. Mr. AbuZayyad will concentrate on worldwide product manufacturing and development, and day-to-day operations.
 "I'm excited to serve as AdStaR's first chairman and CEO," said Dr. Zschau. "In the months ahead, we will move faster to leverage AdStaR's unique resources -- its technology, scale, manufacturing prowess and its exceptional people. With entrepreneurial spirit, we'll create new products and new markets. Our objective is no less than to revolutionize the information storage industry and achieve exceptional commercial success."
 Dr. Zschau was a member of the faculty of Stanford University's Graduate School of Business from 1964 through 1969. During the 1967-68 academic year, he was a visiting Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School.
 In 1968, he founded System Industries, Inc., a data storage systems company, now publicly traded and headquartered in Milpitas, Calif. He also served as its chief executive officer for 13 years. While at System Industries, in 1982, Dr. Zschau was elected to the United States House of Representatives, representing California's 12th District, and served two terms. In 1986, he was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate from California.
 In 1987, Dr. Zschau joined Brentwood Associates, a venture capital firm, as a general partner until joining Censtor, a Brentwood-backed storage technology company, in 1988. Dr. Zschau graduated from Princeton University (cum laude) with an A.B. in philosophy. He holds an M.B.A., an M.S. in statistics, and a Ph.D. in business administration from Stanford University.
 AdStaR develops and manufactures magnetic storage systems, subsystems and direct access storage devices (DASD) for a range of computers, from mainframes to notebooks. Other products include DASD controllers, magnetic tape subsystems, optical storage devices and storage-related software. In 1992, AdStaR reported revenue of $6.11 billion, of which some $500 million came from OEM sales. It has facilities in San Jose, Calif.; Rochester, Minn.; Tucson, Ariz.; Fujisawa, Japan; and Mainz, Germany.
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 /CONTACT: Gerry Marmion of AdStaR, 408-256-2100; or Jon C. Iwata of IBM Corporation, 914-765-6630/
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