Western Digital Corp. (Nasdaq: WDC) ("Western Digital" or the "Company") today announced that Wissam Jabre will assume the role of Western Digital's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective the week of February 7, 2022. With over 20 years of experience in semiconductors and operations, Jabre was most recently Chief Financial Officer at Dialog Semiconductor.
"We're thrilled for Wissam to join the Western Digital team. Not only is he a deeply experienced financial executive with strong semiconductor and international business experience, he also has technical expertise and shares our values of collaboration and innovation," said David Goeckeler, Western Digital CEO. "I look forward to working alongside Wissam as we continue to capitalize on the strong demand for our products within the increasingly complex macro environment and am confident in our ability to balance investment for innovation and growth with operational efficiency to create sustainable, long-term shareholder value."
Jabre will report directly to Goeckeler and lead Western Digital's global finance organization including finance, accounting, financial reporting, tax, treasury, internal audit and investor relations.
"In a world where exciting new applications and intelligent devices continue to evolve and transform our daily lives, memory technologies and data storage solutions are critical in the underpinning infrastructure that powers all that's possible for people and businesses," said Jabre. "As a company known for its long history of innovation and technological advancements, Western Digital is strongly positioned to capitalize on this enormous growth opportunity. I look forward to working closely with David and the rest of the talented Western Digital team."
Prior to joining Dialog Semiconductor in 2016, Jabre served as Corporate Vice President of Finance at Advanced Micro Devices. From 2004 to 2014, Jabre also held various finance positions during his 10-year tenure at Freescale Semiconductor, including Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Vice President of Global Pricing and Chief Financial Officer of the Networking & Multimedia Group. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut and an MBA from Columbia Business School, New York. Jabre is a CFA © charterholder.
Current CFO, Robert Eulau, will remain with the company during an advisory period to ensure a seamless transition.
"On behalf of the Western Digital team, I'd like to thank Bob for the impact he's made on our business over the past several years," added Goeckeler. "Bob played an instrumental role in many of our strategies to strengthen and focus the company, including moving to a business unit structure, implementing segment reporting and leading the company's return to investment-grade status. I'm personally grateful for his partnership and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors."
Western Digital today separately announced its second quarter 2022 financial results and will host an investment community conference call to discuss the results and the Company's business outlook for the fiscal third quarter of 2022 via live broadcast at 1:30 p.m. Pacific/4:30 p.m. Eastern. The live and archived conference call/webcast and the earnings presentation can be accessed online at investor.wdc.com.
About Western Digital
Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. As a leader in data infrastructure, 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. Our data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital®, G-Technology™, SanDisk®, and WD® brands.
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