WESTERN DIGITAL APPOINTS RUSSELL STERN VICE PRESIDENT, ASIAN OPERATIONS.
Stern joined Western Digital in 1994 as vice president, new product introductions, Personal Storage. He oversaw the launch to manufacturing of the Company's Caviar 1.2 gigabyte and 1.6 gigabyte hard drives in the last 10 months. A veteran with 17 years experience in the data storage industry, Stern held a variety of general management, marketing and manufacturing positions at Seagate Technology, MiniStor Peripherals, Adaptec, Tandon, and IBM before joining Western Digital.
As vice president, manufacturing operations at MiniStor from 1992-1994, Stern was responsible for the Company's manufacturing facility in Singapore, including finance, engineering, manufacturing, quality, and information systems. While at Seagate, Stern spent three years running engineering at the company's disk drive circuit board facility in Singapore. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.
"We are very pleased to have an experienced industry hand like Russell Stern within our ranks to lead the manufacturing operations of the Personal Storage group at such an exciting time in our development," said Kathy Braun. "His breadth of experience in the data storage industry, combined with several years of manufacturing leadership within our segment of the business, make him an ideal member of the Personal Storage team as we prepare for significant growth in the years ahead."
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Western Digital Corporation is a recognized leader in the design and manufacture of hard disk drives, integrated circuits, and graphics controller board-level products. The Company markets these products to leading systems manufacturers and selected resellers under the Western Digital, Caviar, Paradise, and RocketCHIP brand names. Western Digital is the first U.S.-headquartered, multinational company to have been awarded company-wide ISO 9001 registration, linking all WD organizations with a consistent global standard for quality processes. The Company was founded in 1970 and has long been noted for its storage and graphics controller expertise and end-market systems-level design knowledge. The Company's World Wide Web home page can be found at http://www.wdc.com or on America Online by using the keyword Western Digital or WDC. -0-
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