Western Digital® Appoints Mark Long As Executive Vice President Of Strategy And Corporate Development

 Western Digital® Appoints Mark Long As Executive Vice President Of Strategy
                          And Corporate Development

Long Adds Expertise to Accelerate Company's Strategic Growth Initiatives

PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 27, 2013

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Western Digital^® Corp. (NASDAQ:
WDC) today announced that Mark Long has been named executive vice president of
strategy and corporate development. Long has an extensive background in
corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and investment
banking. He will oversee Western Digital's strategic planning and be
responsible for the company's corporate development activities. Long will also
lead 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.

"Mark is an excellent addition to the Western Digital senior leadership team,"
said Steve Milligan, president and chief executive officer, Western Digital.
"He brings tremendous strategic and operational ability to this role,
including an extensive background in mergers and acquisitions. He will focus
on executing our growth strategy and capitalizing on the many opportunities
present in today's dynamic storage industry."

Long was most recently senior vice president, strategy and corporate
development at Hitachi GST, which was acquired by Western Digital in March
2012. He 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. In addition, Long has served as a senior executive with
both public and private venture-backed technology companies and has been 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. He earned both a
J.D. and MBA from the University of Michigan.

Long will report to Western Digital president and CEO, Steve Milligan.

About Western Digital

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), Irvine, Calif., is a global provider of
products and services that empower people to create, manage, experience and
preserve digital content. Its companies design and manufacture storage
devices, networking equipment and home entertainment products under the WD,
HGST and G-Technology brands. Visit the Investor section of the company's
website (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor
information.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking
statements include statements concerning the company's strategic growth
activities and opportunities in the storage industry. These forward-looking
statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to
risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially
from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, including
the impact of continued uncertainty and volatility in global economic
conditions; supply and demand conditions in the hard drive industry;
uncertainties concerning the availability and cost of commodity materials and
specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in
competing technologies; uncertainties related to the development and
introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data
storage markets; business conditions and growth in the various hard drive
markets; pricing trends and fluctuations in average selling prices; and other
risks and uncertainties listed in the company's filings with the Securities
and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including the company's recent Form 10-Q
filed with the SEC on Feb. 1, 2013, to which your attention is directed.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking
statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes
no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent
events or circumstances.

Western Digital, WD and the WD logo are registered trademarks in the U.S. and
other countries. Other marks may be mentioned herein that belong to other
companies.

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SOURCE Western Digital Corp.

Website: http://www.westerndigital.com
Contact: Bob Blair, Western Digital Investor Relations, 949.672.7834,
robert.blair@wdc.com, Steve Shattuck, Western Digital Public Relations,
949.672.7817, steve.shattuck@wdc.com
 
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