Hitachi Data Systems Names New Executives to Worldwide Marketing and Product Management Organization

Santa Clara, CA (PressExposure) February 12, 2009 -- Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) and the only provider of Services Oriented Storage Solutions, today announced the appointment of marketing executives, Eric-Jan Schmidt and Asim Zaheer and technology executives, Scanlon Putegnat and Miklos Sandorfi. With these appointments, Hitachi Data Systems demonstrates its commitment to the customer as a technology leader and innovator.

“It remains our goal to further strengthen Hitachi Data Systems’ position as an innovator and leader in the storage industry,” said Brian Householder, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing and Business Development, Hitachi Data Systems. “A central part of this mission involves optimizing key functions of our business, including our people. The caliber and experience these additions bring to our worldwide marketing team will enable us to advance our leadership in key strategic markets.”

John Mansfield, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions Strategy and Development, Hitachi Data Systems, added, “By attracting consummate technical talent with experience building traction in new markets we are executing on our strategy of investing in our business while ensuring we are well-positioned to demonstrate our value and innovation to customers and partners.”

Scanlon Putegnat, Vice President, Worldwide Telecom, is responsible for developing and the driving the company’s cross-functional strategy for the telecommunications market. Prior to joining Hitachi Data Systems, Mr. Putegnat served as industry director for the global telecom business at Microsoft, responsible for driving the strategy of consumer-based software services.

Miklos Sandorfi, Chief Strategy Officer, File and Content Services, is a key contributor in defining the company’s strategy and direction for its File and Content Services business. Mr. Sandorfi joins Hitachi from SEPATON where he helped bring to market enterprise-class virtual tape library and data de-duplication solutions as founder and chief technology officer.

Eric-Jan Schmidt, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, is responsible for the corporate marketing strategy, corporate communications and integrated programs initiatives for Hitachi Data Systems. Previously Mr. Schmidt served as director of worldwide marketing for EMC, where he was responsible for the company’s corporate marketing efforts in the backup, recovery and archiving segment.

Asim Zaheer, Vice President, Product and Competitive Marketing, is responsible for the company’s product and competitive marketing teams, focusing on differentiating Hitachi Data Systems products and solutions and the development of marketing strategies. Prior to his most recent role at SEPATON, Mr. Zaheer was the senior director of business planning and development with Hitachi Data Systems, where he led the team responsible for establishing the Hitachi Content Archive Platform in the market.

About Hitachi Data Systems Hitachi Data Systems Corporation provides Services Oriented Storage Solutions that enable heterogeneous storage to be dynamically provisioned according to business needs and centrally managed via industry-leading Hitachi storage virtualization software. With over 4,000 employees, and as an integral part of the Hitachi Storage Solutions Group, Hitachi Data Systems delivers storage infrastructure platforms, storage management software, and storage consulting services through direct and indirect channels in over 170 countries and regions. Its customers include nearly 60-percent of Fortune 100 companies. For more information, visit the company's Web site at

About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT/TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 390,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2007 (ended March 31, 2008) consolidated revenues totaled 11,226 billion yen ($112.2 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials, logistics and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's Web site at Press Contacts:

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Press Release Submitted On: February 12, 2009 at 12:24 am
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