Mar 13, 2001

Seagate's James Chirico Appointed Chairman of IDEMA Asia Pacific

SINGAPORE - Seagate Technology, the world's leading supplier of disc drives and related components, today announced it has taken a leadership role in the inaugural IDEMA Asia Pacific (International Disc Drives And Equipment Manufacturer Association) Board Of Management with the appointment of James Chirico, Seagate senior vice president and general manager of Asia Pacific Manufacturing Operations as Chairman of IDEMA Asia Pacific Management Committee.

IDEMA is the trade association that represents and supports the world's data storage industry. The role of the Asia-Pacific Management Committee is to provide guidance and assistance to the Association, thus ensuring their success in offering services that will meet the needs of IDEMA Corporate Member companies (and their employees) located in this region. As the new chairman, Chirico will provide leadership to the Management Committee in their ongoing efforts to develop and provide services to IDEMA Asia-Pacific members located in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, and Greater China.

At Seagate, Chirico holds responsibility for all Asia Pacific disc drive manufacturing and recording head operations. These operations include China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Based in Asia, he also spearheads the operations team in the region to build the Factory of the Future, as well as integrate and accelerate the Six Sigma and Supply Chain Management initiatives in the Company.

"The Internet is really the driving force behind the growth of storage and connecting people and businesses," said Chirico. "Seagate continues to focus on R&D and our advanced manufacturing efforts to keep pace with the Internet-driven technological changes. Through IDEMA, we aim to increase general awareness and knowledge of the important role storage technology plays in the regional economy and in our rapidly evolving information-based world. This appointment to head IDEMA Asia Pacific and lead its establishment in the region reaffirms Seagate's leadership in the storage technology industry worldwide."

"Our Association is fortunate to have an executive of Chirico's caliber appointed as the new chairman of this important committee," said K. Y. Phua, managing director of IDEMA Asia Pacific. "With Chirico's leadership, and through the efforts of the various committees within the Management Committee (Standards, Education, Membership, Events, and Finance), IDEMA looks forward to being able to further increase the member services provided to the entire Asia-Pacific region."

About IDEMA Asia Pacific
Founded in 1986, IDEMA was specifically established to promote the technological, manufacturing, marketing and business needs of the global disk drive industry. Presently, it has more than 800 corporate members worldwide. IDEMA operates technical conferences, educational classes and trade shows in the Asia-Pacific region, Japan and the US.

About Seagate
Seagate is the world's leading provider of storage technology for Internet, business and consumer applications. The Company's products include disc drives for the Enterprise, PCs and Consumer Electronics, as well as Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions and Server Appliances. Seagate's market leadership is based on delivering award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at