|The Global Supply Chain Review is proud to honor and present the 2008 CEO of the Year
Award to William D. Watkins. This award was selected by the Global Supply Chain Leaders
Group (GSCLG) and the GSCLG Board of Directors. Bill was nominated and received the CEO
of Year award due to his success as CEO, his efforts to create jobs and maintain U.S.
competitiveness in a global economy, as well as his consistent involvement in community
Bill Watkins, Chief Executive Officer of Seagate, joined the Seagate family in 1996 as part of a
company merger with Conner Peripherals. While at Conner, he established the Conner Disk
Division and managed it through a successful merger with Seagate. Between June 2000 and
July 2004, Bill served as President and Chief Operating Officer responsible for global hard disk
drive operations, and was elected to the Seagate Board of Directors in 2000. He was appointed
to his current role as Chief Executive Officer in 2004. Bill Watkins received his Bachelors
degree in Political Science from the University of Texas, graduating with honors. He currently
serves on the Board of Directors of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Silicon
Valley Leadership Group. Additionally, Bill serves on the Executive Advisory Council for IDEMA
(the International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association) and the Executive Advisory
Board of the Juran Center for Leadership in Quality.
We are pleased to name and to honor William D. Watkins the 2008 CEO of the Year. Congratulations Bill!