Mar 13, 2003

Seagate's President To Join In Panel Discussion On New Face Of HDD Industry At Diskcon Asia 2003

Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX) today announced that its president and chief operating officer, William D. Watkins, will join a panel of eight industry leaders to discuss current issues facing the dynamic disc drive industry, and the technology and business directions that are predicted to lead to new levels of growth for the industry. The event will take place at the Diskcon Asia 2003 annual conference organized by IDEMA from March 19-21 at the Orchid Country Club in Singapore.

The forum will be chaired by Mark Geenan, president of IDEMA. The other panelists include Ed Braun, president/CEO, Veeco Instruments, John Dean, managing director, Salomon Smith Barney, Wayne Fortun, president/CEO, Hutchinson Technology, Doug Grose, executive vice president, IBM/Hitachi, Ichiro Komura, group president, Fujitsu, Ltd., and Matt Massengill, chairman/CEO, Western Digital.

In conjunction with the panel discussion, a separate forum will be held on Wednesday, 19 March 2003, at 10:15 a.m.

Watkins is responsible for all of Seagate's disc storage operations and related product development organizations, as well as the Company's global Six Sigma implementation. Watkins came to Seagate from Conner Peripherals, where he started the Company's Disc Division. Previously, Watkins was with Domain Technology, and developed the MINT (Magnetic Information Technology) disc media manufacturing process. Watkins has spent more than a decade in the thin-film, floppy disc and photographic film process industries.

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