Everything Channel CRN’s Magazine Names Annie Flaig to the “Power 100 Women of the Channel” List

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 17, 2013– HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and now a Western Digital company, NASDAQ: WDC) today announced that Annie Flaig, vice president, Americas Sales and Channel Marketing has been named to CRN's 2013 Women of the Channel list, and has been recognized as one of this year's Power 100. The annual Women of the Channel list highlights female executives across vendor channel organizations, distributors and solution providers based on their accomplishments over the past year, and the far-reaching impact they are having on the technology industry going forward. The Power 100 recognizes an elite subset of the women based on their rank, influence, channel savvy, and exceptional achievements.

With more than 20 years of industry experience, Flaig is a storage advisor to some of the world's most cutting-edge datacenters. She has played an integral role in helping the channel ecosystem build and define new storage infrastructures, deploy massive amounts of tiered storage, and deliver lower total cost of ownership (TCO) to help manage the growing storage needs. With the mission to share best practices for efficiently managing the ever-growing content resulting from cloud, mobile, Big Data and social computing, Flaig realizes storage is one of the most strategic channel partner offerings. In addition to her professional contributions at HGST, Flaig is committed to the development of women in the industry and is involved in numerous organizations. A couple of her achievements include founding a corporate women's organization and creating a curriculum focused on the development of women in technology sales.

"We are pleased to shine a spotlight on the most influential and powerful women working in the channel today," said Robert Faletra, CEO, UBM Tech Channel. "Offering this distinction further extends our ongoing commitment to the women of the channel by highlighting their accomplishments, sharing best practices and connecting powerful women in a forum designed to educate, inspire and advance the channel community."

"This year, we've strengthened our base of channel partners, grown our distribution channels, reached out to partners with opportunities to expand their business and provided increased education on the importance of TCO in the datacenter," said Flaig. "I'm proud of the work we've done and it's an honor to be acknowledged as a leader alongside my peers."

A special feature of the Women of the Channel is in the June issue of CRN magazine and expanded coverage of the Power 100 will be featured online at www.crn.com.

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