Western Digital Hires 20 Year Dell EMC Veteran Ashley Gorakhpurwalla as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Its HDD Business
Company marks next milestone in its diversified storage portfolio strategy with the appointment of new general manager for its
Hard Disk Drive(HDD) product business unit.
Former Dell EMC executive responsible for its
$20 billionServers and Infrastructure Systems business to join and lead its HDD business. Western Digital
- New organizational structure aligns the company’s broad storage technology portfolio with its deep customer relationships across cloud titans, channel partners, device manufacturers and retailers; leverages the company’s go-to-market engine to uniquely address the significant portion of its cloud infrastructure customer base that requires both technologies.
With strong leadership now in place for recently formed Flash and HDD business units,
Western Digitalis positioned to drive highly focused product development in each technology franchise and deliver customers industry-leading innovation at cost-efficient scale.
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“HDD innovation is critical to achieving the enormous storage capacity demands for the segment of the market that provides public cloud infrastructure through a development process that maintains disciplined line-of-sight on supporting an aggressive growth trajectory,” said
With almost 30 years of technology industry experience, Gorakhpurwalla spent the majority of his career at Dell Technologies in a variety of engineering and business leadership roles focused on complex data center infrastructure. Prior to leading Dell EMC’s Server and Infrastructure Systems Business, he served as senior vice president of the company’s PowerEdge engineering team. Gorakhpurwalla holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from
“Western Digital’s customers are no longer just creating, processing and archiving their data. Now they have to manage it across clouds, analyze it in real-time and develop insights quicker and more efficiently than ever before,” said Gorakhpurwalla. “As our customers continue transforming to take advantage of the explosion of data and information, Western Digital’s innovation, intellectual property and world-class engineering and manufacturing position the company at the very core of this transformation. My role at
Gorakhpurwalla’s appointment marks the next step in Western Digital’s ongoing implementation of its diversified storage portfolio strategy. Last month, the company announced it was forming separate product business units for its Flash and HDD technology assets with each business led by an experienced general manager.
“Our unique ability to deliver Flash and HDD innovation is a strong and differentiated value proposition,” added Goeckeler. “All of our top twenty customers deploy both Flash and HDD storage from
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