San Jose, CA—Western Digital Corp. announced a technology leadership transition, as Martin Fink, executive vice president and chief technology officer, will retire. Fink will move to an advisory role. Moreover, Dr. Siva Sivaram was appointed to the newly created role of president, Technology and Strategy. In this expanded strategic role, Dr. Sivaram oversees Western Digital’s key technology initiatives and corporate strategy. Previously, he was executive vice president, Silicon Technology and Manufacturing.
In addition, Fink will continue to report to Steve Milligan, Western Digital’s chief executive officer. He will advise Milligan and the executive team on matters relating to data center architectures, including RISC-V.
Technology Leadership Transition
Dr. Sivaram has more than 35 years of experience in semiconductor technology and manufacturing. Prior to joining Western Digital in 2016, following the acquisition of SanDisk, he held executive positions at Intel and Matrix Semiconductor. In addition, he was the founder and CEO of Twin Creeks Technologies, a solar panel and equipment company.
“Siva was instrumental in leading the ongoing development of our 3D flash memory and other next generation technologies,” said Steve Milligan. “Looking to the future, I am confident that with Siva’s expertise, we will be well positioned to further strengthen Western Digital’s leading technology position and innovative product portfolio.”
“Western Digital’s technology infrastructure plays an increasingly critical role in today’s data-centric world,” commented Dr, Sivaram. “At such an exciting moment in our company’s history, I look forward to directing our corporate strategy as well as working with our incredibly talented team to provide new architectures and opportunities to our customers and partners as they adapt to an evolving data landscape.”
“On behalf of the board and management team, I want to thank Martin for his leadership and tremendous contributions to our company,” added Milligan. “As a true thought leader and innovator in our industry, Martin played an important role in advancing Western Digital’s transformation into a more diversified enabler of data infrastructures. We are grateful that we will continue to benefit from his perspectives as an advisor; particularly as we lead the development of the RISC-V ecosystem and enable a new era of open source innovation.”
Western Digital’s mission is to drive “the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data.”
Moreover, the Western Digital, G-Technology, SanDisk and WD brands comprise the company’s data-centric solutions.