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Mike Cordano

President & Chief Operating Officer, Western Digital

Prior to taking on his current role as president and COO, Mike 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, where he led the external storage business in addition to the company's worldwide sales and marketing organizations.

Janet George

Janet George

Fellow & Chief Data Scientist, Western Digital

Janet George is responsible for shaping, driving and implementing the big data platform, products and cognitive computing technologies. A technical leader with more than 15 years of experience in Big D, machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), neural networks, distributed computing and compliers, George builds global core competencies using ML, AI, pattern recognition, correlation and ranking engines, with semiconductor manufacturing data from the ground up.

Brendan Collins

Brendan Collins

VP HDD Product Marketing, Western Digital

With more than 20 years of technical and management experience in the disk drive industry, Collins ensures that the company’s hard disk drives are innovative, high quality and competitive while meeting a range of customer needs from enterprise to consumer electronics applications.

Dr.Jimmy Zhu

Dr.Jimmy Zhu

ABB Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

In addition to his work at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Jian-Gang (Jimmy) Zhu is also the director of the Data Storage Systems Center, a world-leading research institution in HDD technology. He is an IEEE Fellow and the recipient of the 2011 IEEE Magnetic Society Achievement Award, the highest award of the Magnetic Society.

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Martin R Fink

EVP & Chief Technology Officer, Western Digital

Martin Fink joined Western Digital as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in January 2017. In this role, Fink leads the company’s technology innovation agenda as Western Digital continues to transform its business and expand its capabilities and technology portfolio. Prior to joining Western Digital, Fink most recently served as Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice President and Director of Hewlett Packard Labs at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company, and served as CTO and EVP of HP, Inc, overseeing HP Labs, the company’s advanced research center. In his 30-year career at Hewlett-Packard Company and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company, Fink worked in a wide range of roles, including General Manager of HP Cloud and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Business Critical Systems and Converged Application Systems. He has been a board member of Hortonworks, Inc. since July 2014, and a board member of Wild Beer Co., since February 2016. Fink holds an associate’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Loyalist College and an M.B.A. from Colorado State University.

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Phil Bullinger

SVP and General Manager of Data Center Systems, Western Digital

Phil Bullinger is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Data Center Systems (DCS) at Western Digital, where he focuses on accelerating the growth of the company’s platforms and systems business with block, file, and object storage solutions for primary, secondary and cloud-scale enterprise deployments.

Previously, Bullinger was SVP/GM at Dell EMC, where he was responsible for the Isilon product line, including product planning, hardware and software engineering, production operations, and customer support.

He has held executive positions at Oracle as SVP of SAN/NAS Storage, and at LSI as the Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Engenio Storage Group.

Bullinger’s 30-year career in storage spans a number of engineering and management roles from silicon to system-level products that have defined and led their respective market segments.

Bullinger earned a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Kansas State University, and a Master of Science degree, magna cum laude, in Management of Technology from the National Technological University.

Bullinger holds five patents in the fields of storage technology and integrated circuit design.