Western Digital Corporation, a leader in personal computing storage, has
appointed Arif Shakeel president. Shakeel, 46, retains the title of chief
operating officer, a post he assumed in April, 2001. He reports to chairman
and chief executive officer Matt Massengill, who was elected chairman in
November, 2001. As president and chief operating officer, Shakeel is
responsible for all aspects of the Company’s operations.
Under Shakeel's operations leadership since October 1999, Western Digital
has returned to leadership in the hard drive industry through an emphasis on
quality, flexibility, time-to-market performance, efficiency in its
manufacturing operations, and strengthening relationships with its OEM and
reseller partners. The Company’s core hard drive business has been
profitable for five consecutive quarters.
Shakeel joined Western Digital in 1985 as a product manager. From his
assignment in product marketing, he moved from program management to vice
president of marketing, vice president of business development, Far East
sales, and vice president of materials for Asia.
Shakeel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from
Memphis State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Western Digital chairman and CEO Matt Massengill described Shakeel as "a
superb executive and leader with an exceptional range of engineering,
marketing and management skills." He said, "The re-emergence of Western
Digital as a premier hard drive company is directly linked to the focus and
discipline of Arif and his outstanding team."
About Western Digital
Western Digital, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time
leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that
collect manage and use digital information. The Company's core business
produces reliable, high-performance hard drives that keep users' data
close-at-hand and secure from loss. Applying its data storage core
competencies to emerging markets, Western Digital's new ventures Cameo
Technologies, Keen Personal Media and SageTree meet the increasing demand
for innovative information management solutions arising from the
proliferation of Internet and broadband services.
Western Digital was founded in 1970. The Company's storage products are
marketed to leading systems manufacturers and selected resellers under the
Western Digital brand name. Visit the Investor section of the Company's Web
site ( http://www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor
Western Digital and WD Caviar are registered trademarks of Western Digital
Technologies, Inc. Keen Personal Media and TV4me are trademarks of Keen
Personal Media, Inc. SageTree is a registered trademark of SageTree, Inc.
Cameo is a registered trademark of Cameo Technologies, Inc. All other brand
and product names mentioned herein are the property of their respective
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