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Hitachi Data Systems Promotes Executives

  • 27 June, 2007 09:00

<p>Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) and the only provider of Services Oriented Storage Solutions, today announced the promotion of John Mansfield to senior vice president of Global Solutions Strategy and Development and Brian Householder to senior vice president of Business Development and Planning. Mr. Mansfield succeeds Jack Domme, who was recently appointed chief operating officer of Hitachi Data Systems. Mr. Mansfield and Mr. Householder will report directly to Mr. Domme and will join the Hitachi Data Systems Executive Committee.</p>
<p>“Mr. Mansfield and Mr. Householder bring to their new roles a proven execution track record and a solid commitment to advancing our strategy for enabling a new paradigm for storage service delivery,” said Minoru Kosuge, CEO, Hitachi Data Systems. “Coupled with the recent executive management appointments, we have a very solid leadership team in place, with a synergistic focus on bringing unparalleled innovation to our storage solutions roadmap and expanding our customer footprints worldwide.”</p>
<p>As a key contributor to the success of the Global Solutions Strategy and Development Group, Mr. Mansfield has played an instrumental role in setting the requirements for the creation of next generation hardware, platform software, storage management software, and storage solutions and services that meet the specific needs of Hitachi Data Systems global customers.</p>
<p>As the newly appointed senior vice president of the Global Solutions Strategy and Development Group, Mr. Mansfield will lead the company’s unified product and services organisation tasked with solutions strategy and development at Hitachi Data Systems. His responsibilities will encompass managing the design and product management of Hitachi’s hardware, software and services solutions portfolio, spearheading the technical operations and global product marketing organisations, and overseeing the company’s Technology Office and the Hitachi Data Systems Academy.</p>
<p>“With the recent introduction of the Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V and the Hitachi Content Archive Platform Version 2.0, we have reinforced our position as a true storage industry pioneer, delivering the first and only unified storage services platform capable of managing all types of data—file, object or block-based—across heterogeneous storage assets,” said John Mansfield, senior vice president, Global Solutions Strategy and Development, Hitachi Data Systems. “I look forward to leading our world-class Global Solutions Strategy and Development organisation towards bringing to market world-class storage solutions which enable our customers to unlock measurable value out of their investments while at the same time, position us further ahead of the competition.”</p>
<p>Under Mr. Householder’s leadership, Hitachi has successfully broadened its portfolio of industry-leading storage offerings with new innovative solutions brought to market through strategic investments and partnerships with industry-leading companies, enabling the company to broaden its global footprint in emerging, high-growth markets such as high performance NAS and content archive services. Mr. Householder’s significant contributions have included driving Hitachi’s investment in and OEM partnership with BlueArc Corporation, a leading provider of NAS solutions, as well as orchestrating Hitachi Data Systems’ acquisition of content archiving solutions provider Archivas, Inc., a first for the company.</p>
<p>As senior vice president of Business Development and Planning, Mr. Householder will be responsible for leading all aspects of Hitachi Data Systems’ worldwide business development strategy, including mergers and acquisitions activities. His duties will include assessing new markets, analysing new strategic initiatives and developing new business opportunities designed to increase market penetration of Hitachi’s services oriented storage solutions.</p>
<p>“I look forward to continue executing on our differentiated dual strategy of bringing to market our own internally developed products, leveraging the breadth and depth of Hitachi’s R&amp;D organisation, while also looking to partner with independent developers of innovative storage technologies that offer complementary functionality to our existing storage solutions portfolio,” said Brian Householder, senior vice president of Business Development and Planning, Hitachi Data Systems “This win-win combination has enabled Hitachi to successfully gain a quicker time-to-market advantage for our products, yield a higher return on our investments, and deliver customer-focused solutions that have been validated by the industry as best-in-class.”</p>
<p>About Hitachi Data Systems</p>
<p>Hitachi Data Systems Corporation provides Services Oriented Storage Solutions that enable heterogeneous storage to be dynamically provisioned according to business needs and centrally managed via industry-leading Hitachi storage virtualization software. As an integral part of the Hitachi Storage Solutions Group, Hitachi Data Systems delivers storage infrastructure platforms, storage management software, and storage consulting services through direct and indirect channels in over 170 countries and regions. Its customers include nearly 60-percent of Fortune 100 companies. For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.hds.com.</p>
<p>About Hitachi, Ltd.</p>
<p>Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 384,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2006 (ended March 31, 2007) consolidated revenues totalled 10,247 billion yen ($86.8 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.</p>
<p>© 2007, Hitachi is a registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. and/or its affiliates in the United States and other countries. Hitachi Data Systems is a registered trademark and service mark of Hitachi, Ltd. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks, services marks, company names are properties of their respective owners.</p>

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