Apr 03, 2006

Seagate's Jeff Loebbaka Named Top 100 Channel Executive by VARBusiness Magazine

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX), the world's number one hard drive maker, today announced that leading channel publication VARBusiness Magazine has named Jeff Loebbaka, Seagate senior vice president global channel sales and corporate marketing, one of North America's "Top 100 Channel Executives." The prestigious recognition is based on a survey of channel executives that takes into account their years of service, channel program size and partner priorities for the coming year.

"We celebrate the men and women who enable solution providers with programs, products and inspiration," said Lawrence M. Walsh, editor of VARBusiness, a biweekly magazine that provides strategic insight to technology integrators. "These executives are worthy of emulation by all of their peers."

"This honor by VARBusiness reflects Seagate's commitment to delivering the products, programs and services our channel partners need to help differentiate themselves in the marketplace and build thriving businesses," said Seagate's Loebbaka. "We remain focused on providing system builders with the world-class hard drives necessary to build best-of-breed computing and entertainment systems that enable their customers to more effectively move, manage and protect growing amounts of digital content."

The award-winning Seagate Partner Program is Seagate's flagship program for providing channel system builders with hard drives that deliver leading-edge storage capabilities and resources designed to increase profits, consolidate costs and accelerate time to market. The program focuses on providing national, regional and local whitebox and whitebook builders with the technical expertise and marketing resources needed to deliver Seagate storage to a broader range of customers.

For system builders, the Seagate Partner Program includes:

* Innovative programs to increase the Seagate channel partner's profitability.

* A password-protected, interactive web portal to access new value-added product and marketing information, training sessions and customer support http://spp.seagate.com.

* Access to a world-class design service center used by Seagate's largest OEM partners at a significant discount to Seagate Partner Program members.

* Early access to Seagate's latest hard drive products.

* Regular on-line seminars on Seagate's newest products, technologies and programs.

* A dedicated pre and post sales support service for faster access to product, technology and marketing information.

Seagate also provides its channel partners with an unprecedented five-year warranty on all internal hard drives.

About VARBusiness Magazine
For the past 19 years, CMP Media's VARBusiness' strategic resources have been the gateway to the Solution Provider community. VARBusiness provides strategic insight for technology integrators through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships and customers. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design. Additional information about VARBusiness products, events and services, is available at its Web site, www.varbusiness.com.

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, and Consumer Electronics applications. Seagate's business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, and to be the low cost producer in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing 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 www.seagate.com.

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