SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 27, 2018
Western Digital Corporation
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
5601 Great Oaks Parkway
San Jose, California
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Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On November 27, 2018, Western Digital Corporation (the Company) announced that Mark Long, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of the Company, and President, Western Digital Capital, will step down from his current role to pursue opportunities as a private equity investor. To ensure a smooth leadership transition, Mr. Long will remain an active member of the Companys leadership team through June 1, 2019. Mr. Long will remain the Chief Financial Officer until his departure or until a permanent successor is appointed. The Company has commenced a comprehensive search for a successor.
The Company and Mr. Long expect to enter into a separation and general release agreement in connection with Mr. Longs departure.
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Regulation FD Disclosure.
The Company issued a press release on November 27, 2018, announcing the departure of Mr. Long described herein. The press release making this announcement is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
In accordance with General Instruction B.2 of Form 8-K, the information in this Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed to be filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, and shall not be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document filed under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
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Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|99.1||Press Release issued by Western Digital Corporation on November 27, 2018.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|Western Digital Corporation|
|By:||/s/ Michael C. Ray|
|Date: November 27, 2018||Michael C. Ray|
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WESTERN DIGITAL ANNOUNCES CFO TRANSITION PLAN
Mark Long to Remain for Transition until June 1, 2019
SAN JOSE, Calif. Nov. 27, 2018 Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced that Mark Long, chief financial officer, chief strategy officer and president, Western Digital Capital, has decided he will step down from his current role to pursue opportunities as a private equity investor. Western Digital has begun a comprehensive search for a successor. To ensure a smooth leadership transition, Long will remain an active member of the companys leadership team through June 1, 2019. Long will remain chief financial officer until his departure or until a permanent successor is appointed.
Long has served as Western Digitals chief financial officer since 2016. Prior to that, he served as the companys executive vice president and chief strategy officer since February 2013. Additionally, Long has served as president, Western Digital Capital, a strategic investment fund targeting innovative companies within the data infrastructure and broader technology industry aligned to Western Digitals strategic plan, since February 2013.
On behalf of the Western Digital Board of Directors and leadership team, I want to thank Mark for his valued partnership and tremendous contributions to the company over the years, said Steve Milligan, Western Digital chief executive officer. Mark has been instrumental in developing and overseeing the companys growth strategy, including our successful acquisitions and integrations of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and SanDisk. He helped create the foundation for Western Digitals leadership in todays data-driven world, and we are now well positioned to capitalize on the long-term opportunities associated with rapid growth in the volume and value of data. We wish Mark the best in his future endeavors and look forward to discussing the companys long-term vision and strategy on Dec. 4, 2018, at our 2018 Investor Day.
Its been a privilege to serve Western Digital in a variety of financial and strategic leadership roles, and Im proud of what we have accomplished, said Long. We have built a comprehensive and flexible platform for growth and long-term value creation, and I want to thank my highly talented colleagues for their support. I am fully committed to ensuring a seamless transition, and excited to watch Western Digital build upon this strong momentum and drive the next phase of growth.
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About Western Digital
Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. The company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Western Digital® data-centric solutions are marketed under the G-Technology, HGST, SanDisk®, Tegile, Upthere, and WD® brands.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the companys transition plan for the chief financial officer position and the companys positioning to capitalize on opportunities associated with the volume and value of data. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved, if at all. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Key risks and uncertainties include: volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; the development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the companys filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), including the companys Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on Nov. 6, 2018, to which your attention is directed. You should not 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.
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