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DOWNEY NAMED PRESIDENT & CEO AT DASTEK

 DOWNEY NAMED PRESIDENT & CEO AT DASTEK
 MILPITAS, Calif., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Komag Inc. (NASDAQ: KMAG),


a leading supplier of thin-film components for high-performance Winchester disk drives, announced today that James B. Downey has appointed president and chief executive officer at Dastek Inc., the company's thin-film head subsidiary.
 Downey, 52, brings to Dastek over 25 years of leadership experience in engineering, manufacturing and general management in the thin-film head and semiconductor industries. Downey will replace Stephen C. Johnson, who has served as interim president and chief executive officer at Dastek Inc. since the merger of the two companies in December 1991. Downey will report to Johnson who will continue to serve as chairman of Dastek Inc.as well as president and chief executive officer at Komag Inc.
 "Jim brings to Dastek an outstanding background and the skills needed to strengthen Dastek's competitive position. After searching for a full-time CEO for Dastek for nine months, we found a leader that is not only familiar with the thin-film head business, but an experienced manager who has introduced new products, added manufacturing capacity, executed yield improvement and cost reduction programs in rapidly growing industries. This experience can be directly applied to the challenges now facing Dastek," noted Johnson.
 "Jim joins us at a critical point in Dastek's transition. During the first six months of 1992, our engineering team at Dastek developed new technically advanced microslider and nanoslider products. In addition to developing new products this year, we also began to implement improved manufacturing process technology at Dastek. Jim's manufacturing and management experience will be vital to Dastek as we continue to implement manufacturing process improvements and begin to ramp up production of these new products," Johnson continued. "Our immediate challenge is to achieve acceptable and significantly higher yields while increasing production at Dastek. Volume production of these new products at improved yields is essential for Dastek's return to profitability," stated Johnson.
 Before joining Dastek, Downey served as chairman and chief executive officer of Insystems, a manufacturer of test equipment used in the production of semiconductors. Downey also played a key role as president and chief operating officer at Read-Rite between 1988 and 1990. Under his direction, Read-Rite achieved its first profitable quarter in that company's history and more than tripled thin-film head output and revenues," Johnson reported.
 Prior to working at Read-Rite Corp., Downey was employed at Advanced Micro Devices, where he was most recently senior vice president of operations. Downey holds both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Santa Clara and the University of Arizona, respectively.
 The thin-film products of Komag and Dastek address the fast-growing high-capacity, high-performance segment of the Winchester disk drive market. Winchester disk drives are widely used in a broad range of computer applications from mainframes to portable computers.
 Komag is the leading supplier of media to the high-capacity, high-performance segment of the Winchester disk drive market and manufactures the highest density disks commercially available for 5.25-inch and smaller form factors. Komag also manufactures and sells thin-film disk products through an unconsolidated subsidiary, Asahi Komag Co. Ltd., which is among the top three media producers in Japan. Dastek is one of the three largest suppliers of thin-film heads to the merchant market.
 Komag and its consolidated subsidiaries maintain 670,000 square feet of manufacturing and administrative space in California and Malaysia, and employ approximately 3,000 people. Komag also operates a technical support facility in Singapore. The company was founded in 1983.
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 /CONTACT: David H. Allen, T. Hunt Payne, or William L. Potts Jr., of Komag, 408-946-2300; or John Trifari of John Trifari Public Relations, 415-349-9812, for Komag/
 (KMAG) CO: Komag Inc.; Dastek Inc. ST: California IN: CPR SU: PER


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