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STEPHEN B. SCHWARTZ ELECTED TO WESTERN DIGITAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) announced today that Stephen B. Schwartz has been elected to its board of directors. Schwartz, 58, is a former senior vice president, the IBM Corp. He retired from IBM in December 1992.
 Schwartz's election brings Western Digital's board to eight, including seven outside members.
 "Steve Schwartz is widely recognized in the computer industry for his general management of many successful product programs and business units and for his leadership of successful quality programs at IBM and at other companies that he has advised," said Charles A. Haggerty, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Western Digital. "As Western Digital seeks to differentiate itself through quality and customer satisfaction in our markets, we are extremely pleased to have an executive of his caliber and background join the Western Digital board."
 Before retiring from IBM, Schwartz was responsible for leading IBM's efforts to become a market-driven quality company. He reported to former IBM chairman John Akers. Schwartz joined IBM in 1957 and held key executive assignments, including: vice president, communications systems, and general manager of IBM Kingston, N.Y.; vice president, Asia staff operations; president and chief executive, satellite business systems; and president, systems products division. In 1988, Schwartz was named to the IBM Corporate Management Board and named general manager of IBM Application Business Systems, the unit responsible for the Application System/400, one the most successful computer families produced.
 A native of Chicago, Schwartz holds a degree in industrial engineering from Northwestern University. He also serves on the boards of Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. and Integrated Surgical Systems.
 Headquartered in Irvine, Western Digital Corp. 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(TM), Paradise(TM), RocketCHIP(TM), and TakeCharge(TM) brand names. The company was founded in 1970 and has long been noted for its storage controller expertise and end-market systems-level design knowledge.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Caviar, Paradise, RocketCHIP, and TakeCharge are trademarks of Western Digital Corp./
 /CONTACT: Robert J. Blair of Western Digital, 212-867-4490/
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