Xyratex Ltd Announces New Chairman of the Board of Directors

  HAVANT, England, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Xyratex Ltd
(Nasdaq: XRTX), a leading provider of enterprise class data storage subsystems
and network technology, today announced that Mr. Andrew Sukawaty had been
appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors.  Mr. Sukawaty replaces
Mr. Ken Wilkie who had previously announced his intention to retire from the
Mr. Sukawaty, 49, was appointed as an independent Director and Deputy
Chairman of the Board of Directors earlier this year prior to the Company's
initial public offering on the Nasdaq National Market.  Mr. Sukawaty has over
28 years of experience over a broad range of technology based businesses.  He
is currently Chairman and CEO of Inmarsat Limited, a leading global satellite
services provider.  Over the past four years he has been involved in
developing cable television businesses as the President of Cable Partners
Europe.  Prior to this he held roles as CEO and President of Sprint PCS, CEO
of NTL Limited and Chief Operating Officer of One2One.  He also held various
roles with telecom operators US West and AT&T.  He is currently the Deputy
Chairman of mmO2 and out-going Chairman of Telenet NV.  He is also a director
of Powerwave Technologies, Inc. 
Mr. Wilkie, who retires as a Director on November 1, 2004, had previously
announced in the Company's IPO registration statement that he would retire by
the end of the year. 
"I am delighted to see Andy Sukawaty taking over as Chairman of the Board.
I believe that he will provide strong strategic leadership and counsel for
Xyratex and will make an excellent contribution to the Company's continued
success and future growth.  His knowledge and experience will be invaluable
assets as the Company expands its leadership position within the industry,"
said Mr. Wilkie. 
In accepting Mr. Wilkie's resignation and his own appointment, Mr.
Sukawaty said: "Ken has guided the Company from its beginnings to its IPO
earlier this year.  This is an exciting company and I am delighted to have the
opportunity to contribute to its future success." 
  About Xyratex 
Xyratex is a leading provider of enterprise class data storage subsystems
and network technology.  The company designs and manufactures enabling
technology that provides OEM and disk drive manufacturer customers with data
storage products to support high-performance storage and data communication
networks.  Xyratex has over 20 years of experience in research and development
relating to disk drives, storage systems and high-speed communication
Founded in 1994 in a management buy-out from IBM, and with headquarters in
the UK, Xyratex has an established global base with R&D and operational
facilities in Europe, the United States and South East Asia.

SOURCE  Xyratex Ltd 
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/CONTACT:  Xyratex Investor Relations, Brad Driver, +1-408-325-7260,
bdriver@us.xyratex.com; or Xyratex Public Relations, Curtis Chan of CHAN &
ASSOCIATES, INC., +1-714-447-4993, cj_chan@chanandassoc.com/ 
/Web site:  http://www.xyratex.com / 
CO:  Xyratex Ltd
ST:  England
-0- Nov/01/2004 19:40 GMT
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