Lead Independent Director, Western Digital Corporation

Former Chief Executive Officer

Worldport Communications, Inc.

Kathleen Cote is lead independent director of the board of directors of Western Digital Corporation and has been a director since January 2001. She was the chief executive officer of Worldport Communications, Inc., a European provider of Internet managed services, from May 2001 to June 2003. From September 1998 until May 2001, Cote served as president of Seagrass Partners, a provider of expertise in business planning and strategic development for early stage companies. From November 1996 until January 1998, she served as president and chief executive officer of Computervision Corporation, an international supplier of product development and data management software. She is also a director of VeriSign, Inc..