Feb 08, 2006
"Today's announcement acknowledges the tremendous contribution these two executives have made in establishing Seagate as the world's disc drive leader," said Wickersham. "The organizations under their direction are responsible for delivering both product leadership and the broadest product portfolio in the industry, and for delivering world-class manufacturing efficiency and flexibility. I have unwavering confidence in their leadership and ability to continue to succeed in their new roles."
A 25-year industry veteran, Chirico was formerly senior vice president of Seagate's drive operations in Asia, which included facilities in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. In his new role his responsibilities will expand to include all of Seagate's global operations, including materials, supply chain management, component manufacturing and final drive assembly. Chirico came to Seagate in 1998 as senior vice president for Worldwide Manufacturing Quality, following 17 years at IBM where he held a number of management positions in manufacturing and operations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Logistics Management from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island.
Whitmore has 20 years of experience at Seagate, serving in a variety of engineering and management positions primarily directed at product design and development. Most recently, Whitmore was senior vice president, Product Development, responsible for managing worldwide disc drive development at design centers located in Minnesota, Colorado and Singapore. Under Whitmore's leadership, Seagate's vision of technology platforms to build multiple products became a reality and increased the company's market access from 75% to 97% over a two-year span. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture 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 was named 2006 Company of the Year by Forbes Magazine. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.
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