News Releases

10/28/1997

Hitachi America Strengthens Hard Disk Drive Team, Names Gary Galusha as Vice President of Sales

BRISBANE, CA

Oct 28, 1997 00:00 AM

Senior Executive Brings Two Decades of Sales Experience To Hitachi, Company Poised To Expand Market Share In Notebook and Server Drives

Hitachi America, Ltd., today announced that it has named Gary Galusha as vice president of hard disk drive sales in the Company's Computer Division. Galusha brings nearly 20 years of experience in both OEM and distribution channel sales, and strategic account management to Hitachi America's rapidly growing disk drive business operations.

Galusha, who will manage all sales activities for Hitachi America's 2.5-in. and 3.5-in. disk drive products, was previously vice president of OEM sales at JTS Corporation. Prior to joining JTS in 1996, Galusha spent six years at Maxtor Corporation, serving first as vice president, then as a senior vice president in sales and strategic accounts development.

Ranked as one of the top five suppliers of notebook form factor hard drives in a recent International Data Corp. report, Hitachi America currently provides high-end 2.5-inch slimline hard disk drives (9.5mm and 12.7mm) for use in advanced notebook computer designs. The Company also supplies high-capacity, high-performance 3.5-inch drives for the computer workstation and storage server marketplace.

"As one of the technology leaders in the 2.5-inch drive market, Hitachi has built a solid market position and strong relationships with leading notebook computer manufacturers," said Galusha. "Now, the Company is preparing to release next generation notebook drives, and new high-capacity, 3.-5 inch drives for storage server applications. I am very excited about joining the team and look forward to increasing our share in the computer OEM market."

In all of his previous positions, Galusha has contributed to significant growth in market share and sales revenue. At Maxtor, he built OEM sales to 200 percent of previous levels and 70 percent of total revenue. Prior to his six-year tenure with Maxtor, Galusha served as vice president of U.S. and European sales for Miniscribe Corporation from 1985 - 1990, and as director of North American sales at Shugart Associates from 1980 - 1985.

Galusha received a bachelor's degree from the Colorado School of Mines, and completed course work for a Masters degree. Before joining Shugart in 1980, he spent seven years in product management, operations and research for Remex, an Irvine, Calif. electronics firm.

The Computer Division of Hitachi America, Ltd. sells high-capacity, high-performance hard disk drives, CD-ROM, and DVD drives through its Storage Products Group.

Hitachi America, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., Japan, markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and semiconductor products, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout the U.S.

Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world's leading global electronics companies, with fiscal 1996 consolidated sales (ending March 31, 1997) of $68.7 billion. The company manufactures and markets a wide range of products, including computers, semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial equipment.

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Hitachi America, Ltd.
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Werner Glinka
Hitachi America, Ltd.
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