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HGST Adds CIO, Plans for Growth

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) unveiled its new CIO today, at a time of major restructuring for the company, which was recently rumored to be considering the sale of part of its U.S.-based disk drive business.

Former Sun exec Craig Haught will now be responsible for HGSTs worldwide IT operations, filling the void left by Ranga Jayaram, who took the CIO’s role at chip specialist Nvidia earlier this year.

Prior to joining HGST, Haught was vice president and CIO at San Diego-based semiconductor company Cymer, and he also served as CIO at RAID vendor TeraStor. Earlier in his career, Haught served as Sun’s senior director for IT business and resource planning. He will now report to Steve Milligan, the HGST CFO.

”Craig’s knowledge and experience in global operations and management will enable our IT strategy and investments to be a driving force and essential contributor to Hitachi Global Storage Technologies’ future growth,” said Milligan, in a statement this morning.

The new CIO nonetheless joins HGST at a tough time for the company, which faces stiff competition from disk rival Seagate. Last year, for example, HGST announced plans to restructure its manufacturing operations and launch a spate of new wares in an effort to turn profitable.

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