Sep 26, 2000
James Chirico, formerly senior vice president of worldwide Recording Head Operations, has assumed responsibility for all of Seagate's Asia Pacific disc drive and recording head manufacturing operations. These include factories in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. In this new role, Chirico will report to David Wickersham, executive vice president, Global Disc Storage Operations, and will spearhead the Company's implementation of its Factory of the Future, as well as integrate and accelerate the Six Sigma and Supply Chain Management initiatives within the Company.
"Our Factory of the Future will enable us to build any drive on any line in any plant, and will achieve unprecedented levels of quality and productivity," said Wickersham. "We are adopting a new operational approach that will create an efficient, fully integrated and cross functional infrastructure to take full advantage of Seagate's talent and expertise in order to increase our operational speed and flexibility while meeting time-to-market objectives. Given Chirico's leadership and expertise in the storage industry, we are confident that he will strengthen Seagate's position as the leading supplier of storage technology to meet the increasing demand driven by the growth of the Internet."
Chirico will continue to deploy the Asia Business Center, a Supply Chain Management initiative to increase the speed with which Seagate responds to customer requests. Located in Singapore, the Asia Business Center is a cross-functional team dedicated to improve customer responsiveness by aligning production activities internally and with suppliers.
"Driving productivity and efficiency improvements continues to be an integral part of Seagate's overall business strategy," said Chirico. "In support of this, Seagate launched its Six Sigma program over two years ago with great success, and we are currently extending this Six Sigma expertise throughout our supplier base. We believe that by aligning our suppliers with Seagate's Six Sigma methodology, it provides us the leverage to further strengthen our competitive advantage."
Chirico joined Seagate in 1998 as senior vice president, Worldwide Manufacturing Quality. He was instrumental in orienting Seagate's quality excellence and performance in driving total customer satisfaction. He moved on to head worldwide Recording Head Operations based in Minnesota in 1999.
Prior to joining Seagate, Chirico spent 17 years with IBM. He held a number of management positions within manufacturing operations. Chirico holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Logistics Management from Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island.
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