Board of Directors - Biographies

Matthew E. Massengill

Chairman of the Board, Western Digital Corporation

Former President and Chief Executive Officer
Western Digital Corporation

Matthew Massengill is chairman of the board of directors of Western Digital Corporation. He has been a director of Western Digital since January 2000. He joined us in 1985 and served in various executive capacities with us until January 2007. From October 1999 until January 2000, he served as chief operating officer, from January 2000 until January 2002, he served as president, and from January 2000 until October 2005, he served as chief executive officer. Massengill served as chairman of the board of directors from November 2001 until March 2007. He is also a director of Microsemi Corporation and GT Advanced Technologies, Inc.

Martin I. Cole

Former Chief Executive
Accenture plc Technology Group

Martin I. Cole has been a director since 2014. Prior to retiring in August 2014, Cole served as the chief executive of Accenture plc's Technology Group, with responsibility for the full range of Accenture’s technology consulting and outsourcing solutions and delivery capabilities, including its global delivery network. He led technology innovation, including the Accenture Technology Labs, the Accenture software business and development of emerging technology solutions, including cloud solutions. Prior to that, Cole served Accenture in a variety of capacities since 1980, including as chief executive of the communications, media and technology operating group, chief executive of the public service operating group, and global managing director of the outsourcing and infrastructure delivery group. During his tenure, Cole also served as the chairman of the board of Avanade, a joint venture of Accenture and Microsoft and was a member of Accenture’s global management and operating committees. Cole currently serves as a director for The Western Union Company, Cloudera and the Avon Old Farms School in Avon, CT. He is the co-author of Unlocking Public Value: A New Model for Achieving High Performance in Public Service Organizations, a guide to understanding how public service organizations can measure, analyze and improve public value over time.

Kathleen A. Cote

Former Chief Executive Officer
Worldport Communications, Inc.

Kathleen Cote 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. and GT Advanced Technologies, Inc.

Henry T. DeNero

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Homespace, Inc.

Henry DeNero has been a director since June 2000. He was chairman and chief executive officer of Homespace, Inc., a provider of Internet real estate and home services, from January 1999 until it was acquired by LendingTree, Inc. in August 2000. From July 1995 to January 1999, DeNero was executive vice president and group executive, commercial payments for First Data Corporation, a provider of information and transaction processing services. Prior to 1995, he was vice chairman and chief financial officer of Dayton Hudson Corporation, a general merchandise retailer, and was previously a director of McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm. He is also a director of DataDirect Networks, Inc.

Michael D. Lambert

Former Senior Vice President
Dell Computer Corp.

Michael Lambert has been a director since August 2002. From 1996 until he retired in May 2002, he served as senior vice president for Dell Inc.’s enterprise systems group. During that period, he also participated as a member of a six-man operating committee at Dell, which reported to the office of the chairman. Lambert served as vice president, sales and marketing for Compaq Computer Corporation from 1993 to 1996. Prior to that, for four years, he ran the large computer products division at NCR/AT&T Corporation as vice president and general manager. Lambert began his career with NCR Corporation, where he served for 16 years in product management, sales and software engineering capacities.

Len J. Lauer

Lead Independent Director
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Len Lauer has been a director since August 2010 and lead independent director since November 2015. He is the president, chief executive officer and a director of Memjet, a color printing technology company. Prior to joining Memjet in January 2010, Lauer was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Qualcomm, Inc. from August 2008 through December 2009, and he was executive vice president and group president from December 2006 through July 2008. Lauer was also chief operating officer of Sprint Nextel Corp. from August 2005 to December 2006, and he was president and chief operating officer of Sprint Corp. from September 2003 until the Sprint-Nextel merger in August 2005. He was president of Sprint PCS from October 2002 until October 2004, and was president of Long Distance (formerly the Global Markets Group) from September 2000 until October 2002. Lauer also served in several executive positions at Bell Atlantic Corp. from 1992 to 1998 and spent the first 13 years of his business career at IBM in various sales and marketing positions.

Stephen D. Milligan

Chief Executive Officer
Western Digital Corporation

Steve Milligan re-joined WDC as president in March 2012 and was appointed chief executive officer effective January 2, 2013.

Immediately prior to returning to Western Digital, Milligan was president and chief executive officer of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST). During his tenure, Milligan led Hitachi GST through a financial and operational turnaround culminating in Western Digital's acquisition of Hitachi GST in March 2012.

Prior to joining Hitachi GST in 2007, Milligan was Western Digital's senior vice president and chief financial officer. He originally joined Western Digital in 2002 as vice president, finance.

Milligan previously was with Dell and Price Waterhouse. He traces his computer industry knowledge to Dell and his hard disk drive roots to his 12 years at Price Waterhouse, where his responsibilities included auditing IBM's hard disk drive business.

Milligan serves on the board of directors of Ross Stores, Inc.

Steve Milligan holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the Ohio State University

Paula A. Price

Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
Harvard Business School

Paula Price has been a director since July 2014. She is a full-time senior lecturer for Harvard Business School in the Accounting and Management Unit. From April 2009 until January 2014, she was executive vice president and chief financial officer at Ahold USA, which operates more than 700 supermarkets and an online grocery delivery service, where she was responsible for finance and accounting, strategic planning, real estate and information technology. From July 2006 until August 2008, Price was the senior vice president, controller and chief accounting officer at CVS Caremark. From August 2002 until September 2005, she was the senior vice president and chief financial officer for the Institutional Trust Services division of JPMorgan Chase. Prior to that, she held several other senior management positions in the U.S. and the U.K. in the financial services and consumer products industries. Price is a certified public accountant and serves on the corporate boards of directors of Dollar General Corporation and Accenture plc. She is a board director of Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts, and on the board of overseers for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.