Chief Executive Officer
Western Digital Corporation
David Goeckeler is the CEO at Western Digital and serves on the Board of Directors.
Since joining Western Digital in March 2020, Goeckeler has focused on transforming how the company operates to take advantage of new growth opportunities created by digital transformation. With more than 40% of the world’s data stored on one of its products, Western Digital is the leading data storage provider in the industry, with solutions powering innovation from the devices we use every day to the edge and as the foundation of the cloud.
Previously, he was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Networking and Security Business, with responsibility for more than $34 billion of the company’s global technology franchise. He led a global team of more than 25,000 engineers and oversaw Cisco’s networking and security strategy and market acceleration, including development operations for the company’s expansive technology portfolio and strategic acquisitions.
Goeckeler sits on the Board of Directors of the Semiconductor Industry Association; serves as Vice Chairman of the U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Japan Business Council (USJBC); and sits on the University of Illinois College of Engineering Board of Visitors.
He holds bachelor’s degrees in computer science and mathematics from the University of Missouri at Columbia, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in business administration from both Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley.
Goeckeler is widely recognized for his leadership and operational excellence. In 2012, he received Frost and Sullivan’s Excellence Award in Engineering Operations. And in 2019, he was named one of the top 25 IT Industry Disruptors by CRN.