Corporate Executive Officers
Biographies

Steve Milligan

Stephen D. Milligan

Stephen D. Milligan
President and Chief Executive Officer
Western Digital Corporation

Steve Milligan re-joined Western Digital as president in March 2012 and was appointed chief executive officer effective January 2, 2013.

Immediately prior to returning to Western Digital, Milligan was president and chief executive officer of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST). During his tenure, Milligan led Hitachi GST through a financial and operational turnaround culminating in Western Digital's acquisition of Hitachi GST in March 2012.

Prior to joining Hitachi GST in 2007, Milligan was Western Digital's senior vice president and chief financial officer. He originally joined Western Digital in 2002 as vice president, finance.

Milligan previously was with Dell and Price Waterhouse. He traces his computer industry knowledge to Dell and his hard disk drive roots to his 12 years at Price Waterhouse, where his responsibilities included auditing IBM's hard disk drive business.

Steve Milligan holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the Ohio State University.



Olivier C. Leonetti

Olivier C. Leonetti

Olivier C. Leonetti
Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer
Western Digital Corporation

Olivier Leonetti was appointed as chief financial officer in September 2014.  Prior to joining Western Digital, Leonetti served as vice president, finance – global commercial organization at Amgen, Inc., a global pharmaceutical company, from April 2011 to September 2014, where he was responsible for implementing worldwide product development and commercial strategies and driving global restructuring programs. From July 1997 to April 2011, Leonetti served in various senior finance capacities at Dell Inc., including most recently as vice president, finance, worldwide consumer division. Prior to that, Leonetti served in various worldwide finance capacities with Lex Rac Service plc, Braun UK Ltd and Gillette Industries Limited.

Leonetti holds master’s degrees in accountancy and business administration and management.  He is also a certified accountant in England.  



Michael D. Cordano

Michael D. Cordano

Michael D. Cordano
President
HGST Subsidiary

In July 2012, Mike Cordano became president of HGST, a Western Digital Corporation company. He is responsible for worldwide operations of HGST, reporting to Steve Milligan, Western Digital president and chief executive officer.

A 20-year veteran of the storage industry, Mike previously was executive vice president of Sales and Marketing and president of Branded Business for HGST, where he led the external storage business in addition to the company's worldwide sales and marketing organizations. In this capacity, Mike played a key role in architecting HGST's corporate strategy and executing its successful financial turn-around. Western Digital acquired HGST in March 2012.

Prior to HGST, Mike was CEO and co-founder of Fabrik, Inc., a leading provider of portable and external storage solutions, including the award-winning G-Technology and SimpleTech product lines. Fabrik, financed by top venture capital firms, including Intel Capital, was acquired by HGST in April 2009.

Before co-founding Fabrik, Mike was executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Maxtor Corporation. At Maxtor he formed and managed the Branded Products Business Unit, creating break-through product categories, such as the Maxtor OneTouch external storage and backup solution, which ultimately defined the category.

Mike's background also includes several regional and international management assignments. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.



James J. Murphy

James J. Murphy

James J. Murphy
President
WD Subsidiary

Jim Murphy became president of the WD subsidiary in November 2013 after having led WD's worldwide sales operation for more than eight years and the Storage Products business unit for one year as executive vice president of Storage Products and Worldwide Sales.

Murphy began his career with IBM in the sales organization, spending seven years in positions such as North America major account sales manager and other sales management roles. Before Western Digital acquired the assets of Read-Rite Corporation in 2003, for 12 years he helped the manufacturer of recording heads grow revenue from $100 million to $1 billion. He held sales positions with increasing responsibility, including most recently, executive vice president of worldwide sales and supply/demand.

Joining Western Digital in 2003, Murphy initially led sales in Asia for the company as vice president of Asia Pacific sales. In that role, under his leadership, the company's regional revenue tripled. In 2005, he became vice president of worldwide sales, then senior vice president of worldwide sales; and from 2005 to 2012, the company's revenue more than doubled.

Murphy earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Calif. He remains involved with the university and is actively involved with children sports in his community.



Mark P. Long

Mark P. Long

Mark P. Long
Executive Vice President,
Strategy and Corporate Development
Western Digital Corporation

Mark Long was appointed as executive vice president, strategy and corporate development effective February 2013. In this role, he is focused on executing the company’s growth strategy and capitalizing on the many opportunities present in today’s dynamic storage industry. Long also serves as president, Western Digital Capital, a strategic investment fund targeting innovative companies within the broader storage industry and related markets aligned to Western Digital’s strategic plan.  Prior to that, from March 2012 to February 2013, Long served in various consulting capacities for Western Digital. Long previously served as senior vice president, strategy and corporate development at Hitachi GST, which was acquired by Western Digital in March 2012.

Long also previously served as managing director of VisionPoint Capital, where he provided merger and acquisition and corporate finance services to a range of technology companies, including Fabrik, Inc., which was acquired by Hitachi GST in April 2009.

Prior to that, Long was formerly president and chief strategy officer of SageMetrics, a venture-backed business intelligence software company, and executive vice president of Strategic Development for Intraware, a then publicly held provider of electronic software delivery and management services. Prior to Intraware, he was an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston and Deutsche Bank Securities. Long began his career as a corporate lawyer with Gunderson Dettmer, a leading law firm in California’s Silicon Valley.

Long holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Arizona and a law degree and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan.



Michael C. Ray

Michael C. Ray

Michael C. Ray
Senior Vice President,
General Counsel and Secretary
Western Digital Corporation

Michael Ray serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Western Digital Corporation (WDC), a role he assumed in October 2010. He has held a number of positions at WDC since joining the company in 2000, including Senior Counsel, Assistant General Counsel and Vice President, Legal Services.

Currently, Mr. Ray is responsible for WDC’s worldwide legal, risk management, compliance and government relations functions.  He serves as a member of WDC’s executive management team and provides strategic advice to the team and the members of the company’s Board of Directors.  He oversees teams responsible for supporting the company’s efforts to develop, manufacture, market and sell storage products globally through the company’s independent subsidiaries.  He also leads teams responsible for protecting the company’s significant intellectual property, strengthening and defending WDC’s brands worldwide, and complying with regulatory and public-company obligations.

Prior to joining WDC, Mr. Ray was corporate counsel for Wynn’s International, Inc., an NYSE-listed manufacturer of automotive parts and chemicals; served the U.S. District Court, Central District of California as judicial clerk; and practiced trial law, law and motion and labor/employment law at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP.

Mr. Ray holds a bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Harvard College; and a law degree, with honors, from Harvard Law School.  Mr. Ray has received numerous awards and citations, including being honored as the Orange County Business Journal’s Public Company General Counsel of the Year for 2012.

Mr. Ray has served since 2001 as a director of Mercy House Transitional Living Center, based in Santa Ana, California, one of California’s largest providers of services and housing for homeless men, women and children.  He is also a director of the United Way of Orange County, and has co-chaired the Orange County United Way Tocqueville Society Bench & Bar affinity group since 2013.