– USA, CA – Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), a world leader in storage solutions, announced that Michael R. Cannon was appointed Lead Independent Director on the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Cannon, who has served as a director on Seagate’s board since 2011, replaces Dr. Chong Sup Park who has served as Lead Independent Director on Seagate’s board since 2011. Dr. Park has been a board member since 2006 and will continue to serve as a Seagate board director, member of the company’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and has been appointed chair of the Audit Committee, replacing Kristen M. Onken who did not stand for board re-election.
“Dr. Park has contributed greatly in his role as Lead Director and on behalf of the full board, we thank him for all his many contributions over the last several years. I am pleased that he will now be serving as chair of our Audit Committee in addition to his other committee responsibilities,” said Steve Luczo, Seagate’s chairman and chief executive officer.
“Over the last five years, Mike Cannon’s counsel and partnership have been instrumental in helping guide our company. He has tremendous industry expertise, leadership experience and a deeply informed view of rapidly evolving market trends that most influence our customers’ actions and decisions,” Mr. Luczo added. “On behalf of the full board, we are pleased to have Mike serving as our Lead Independent Director and look forward to his continuing contributions to Seagate.”
Mr. Cannon retired in 2009 after a 35 year career in the technology industry. Previously, he served as president, global operations at Dell, chief executive officer of Solectron Corp, an electronic manufacturing services company, and as the chief executive officer of Maxtor Corporation, a disk drive and storage systems manufacturer. Prior to joining Maxtor, Mike held senior management positions at IBM.
Mr. Cannon has served on the Board of Directors of Lam Research Corporation since February 2011, serving on the Nominating and Governance and Audit Committees. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Dialog Semiconductor plc in February 2013 and serves as chair of the Compensation Committee and is also a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Within the past five years, Mr. Cannon was a member of the Board of Directors of Adobe Systems, retiring from the board after 13 years of service.
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