Sep 12, 2006
Wickersham, who oversees Seagate's global product research, design and manufacturing operations, will continue to report directly to Chief Executive Officer, Bill Watkins. Previously, the position of president was held by Watkins who is also a Director on the company's board.
"Dave is an extremely talented executive who has played a critical leadership role in Seagate's strong performance," Watkins said. "Under Dave's leadership, our global operations have functioned at the highest levels this industry has ever seen and have helped establish Seagate as an elite technology company at the heart of the on-demand world. Dave has helped define and execute on a strategy that has resulted in Seagate's technological leadership, world-class operational excellence and record performance. Dave understands that continuous innovation is the hallmark of our success, and he will continue to play a central role in keeping innovation at the forefront of all aspects of our business."
A 28-year veteran of the storage and systems industries, Wickersham manages a complex, vertically integrated, manufacturing enterprise that spans six countries and three continents. In overseeing Seagate's global operations, he is responsible for all aspects of product R&D, design and development, along with materials, logistics, manufacturing and quality, for both components and finished products.
Wickersham joined Seagate in 1998 as the head of the company's worldwide materials organization, following many successful years in management roles at IBM, Exabyte and Maxtor Corporation. He later served as Seagate's senior vice president for product line management, and senior vice president of worldwide materials. In 2000, he was promoted to executive vice president, global disc storage operations and in 2004 was named chief operating officer. Last year, he was appointed to lead the team that is successfully effecting Seagate's integration of Maxtor, with that effort progressing ahead of schedule in many areas, contributing further to Seagate's strong foundation for continued profitable growth.
Wickersham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University, in California.
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