Mark Long was appointed as executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief strategy officer effective September 1, 2016, having previously served as executive vice president, finance, and chief strategy officer since July 2016. Prior to that, he served the company as executive vice president and chief strategy officer since February 2013. Long also serves as president, Western Digital Capital, a strategic investment fund targeting innovative companies within the broader storage industry and related markets aligned to Western Digital's strategic plan. From March 2012 to February 2013, Long served in various consulting capacities for Western Digital.
Prior to Western Digital, Long served as senior vice president, strategy and corporate development at Hitachi GST, which was acquired by Western Digital in March 2012. Previously, he provided merger and acquisition and corporate finance services to a range of technology companies, including Fabrik, Inc., which was acquired by Hitachi GST in April 2009, as managing director of VisionPoint Capital.
Long also was president and chief strategy officer of SageMetrics, a venture-backed business intelligence software company, and executive vice president of Strategic Development for Intraware, a then-publicly held provider of electronic software delivery and management services. Prior to Intraware, he was an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston and Deutsche Bank Securities. Long began his career as a corporate lawyer with Gunderson Dettmer, a leading law firm in California's Silicon Valley.
Long holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Arizona and a law degree and a master's degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan.