In October 2015, Michael Cordano became president and chief operating officer of Western Digital. Prior to that, he served as president of HGST, a Western Digital company. He was responsible for worldwide operations of HGST, reporting to Steve Milligan, Western Digital Corporation (WDC) president. A 20-year veteran of the storage industry, Mr. Cordano 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, Mr. Cordano 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, Mr. Cordano 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, Mr. Cordano 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. Mr. Cordano’s background also includes several regional and international management assignments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.