Friday, May 18th 2012

WD Appoints Kensuke Oka And Masahiro Yamamura To Its Board Of Directors

Western Digital Corp. today announced that it has appointed Kensuke Oka and Masahiro Yamamura to its board of directors, effective May 17, 2012. Mr. Oka is president and CEO of Hitachi America, Ltd., and Mr. Yamamura is corporate officer, general manager of the Semiconductor Business Division of Hitachi, Ltd.

"The additions of Mr. Oka and Mr. Yamamura offer our leadership team vital insight as we operate WD and HGST as independent subsidiaries in the competitive hard drive industry," said Thomas Pardun, WD chairman of the board. "Both have deep executive management experience leading operations in the electronics and industrial systems industries, primarily for Hitachi, providing new perspectives to WD as we continue our focus on sustained profitable growth."

Mr. Oka has served Hitachi companies for more than 35 years, including leadership positions in communications, human resources and intellectual property functions. Prior to his current position with Hitachi America, Ltd., he was corporate officer and general manager of the Intellectual Property Group of Hitachi, Ltd., and before that, deputy managing director of Hitachi Asia Ltd.

Mr. Yamamura was chairman of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Inc. in 2010 and 2011, during which time he served his current role for the semiconductor business division of Hitachi, Ltd. and as corporate officer of Hitachi, Ltd. Prior to that, he was president of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Japan, Ltd. and earlier was director, chairman and CEO of Renesas Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
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5 Comments on WD Appoints Kensuke Oka And Masahiro Yamamura To Its Board Of Directors

#1
Prima.Vera
Hitachi's stuff made in Japan were flawless compared to the similar made in China...Even today I have one perfectly working genuine Hitachi 60GB HDD "Made in Japan", bought in another life, while my last 1TB Hitrachi "Made in China" died after 2 months.....
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#2
Chappy
Good! More better quality control then lesser defective doa hdd's
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: Prima.Vera
Hitachi's stuff made in Japan were flawless compared to the similar made in China...Even today I have one perfectly working genuine Hitachi 60GB HDD "Made in Japan", bought in another life, while my last 1TB Hitrachi "Made in China" died after 2 months.....
You probably got unlycky there.
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RejZoR
It sucks when you end up having just 2 major vendors from a broad range of them in the past.
Seagate, Maxtor, Hitachi, Samsung, WD we now only have WD and Seagate. Same scenario as with graphic cards. Wide selection and now we only have 2. CPU's as well. Many vendors, now we only have two. Not cool.
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Fourstaff
by: RejZoR
It sucks when you end up having just 2 major vendors from a broad range of them in the past.
Seagate, Maxtor, Hitachi, Samsung, WD we now only have WD and Seagate. Same scenario as with graphic cards. Wide selection and now we only have 2. CPU's as well. Many vendors, now we only have two. Not cool.
Nothing wrong with only 2, we have plenty of competition between AMD and Nvidia, and also between AMD and Intel. The second one sounds silly I know, but if you think about it other than high end desktop and laptop AMD competes pretty well against Intel.
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