May 15, 1997
"Seagate is extremely pleased that someone of Tom's caliber will be joining us," said Verdoorn. "Tom has a 29-year record of outstanding leadership and expertise in data storage technology and is recognized as a significant contributor to the industry."
Porter has been instrumental in the development of recording head technology and magnetic component integration. He co-invented the flexible disc alignment and colleting geometry that was later used for the industry standard 3.5-inch flexible disc cartridge. From 1969 to 1994, Porter held engineering, program management, and executive positions at IBM, where he accomplished a number of industry firsts:
"Seagate's leadership position is a direct result of the company's commitment to advancing data storage technology that enhances the way people live and work," added Verdoorn. "Tom has demonstrated that same commitment and we look forward to his leadership in enabling Seagate to meet the needs of future storage devices."
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