President and Chief Operating Officer, Western Digital Corporation
2017 Speaker • CU Alumnus

San Francisco, CA

In October 2015, Mike Cordano became president and chief operating officer of Western Digital. Prior to that, Cordano served as president of HGST, a Western Digital Corporation company.

A 20-year veteran of the storage industry, Cordano previously was executive vice president of Sales and Marketing and president of Branded Business for HGST. In this capacity, 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, 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, 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.

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.