MILPITAS, Calif., January 8, 2013 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced it has appointed Eric S. Whitaker as the company's senior vice president and chief legal officer. At SanDisk, Whitaker will be responsible for all of the company's legal matters, including those related to corporate governance, securities law, commercial agreements and transactions, litigation, intellectual property (IP) development and licensing strategies, and supporting SanDisk's joint ventures and M&A transactions.
Whitaker's prior experience includes extensive work with senior management teams and boards of directors of technology companies on a variety of strategic, operational and compliance matters.
Most recently at Tesla Motors, Whitaker served as Tesla's general counsel and corporate secretary with responsibilities including IP development, litigation strategy, and structuring major corporate transactions. Prior to Tesla, Whitaker held executive vice president and general counsel positions at Avalanche Technology and flash memory provider Lexar Media (Lexar). During Whitaker's seven years at Lexar, he also held the position of executive vice president of corporate strategy with a focus on technology licensing.
Whitaker obtained his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his undergraduate degree in Politics from Princeton University. His recognitions include being selected as one of the 25 leading general counsel in California in 2011 by the Daily Journal, and receiving the "In-House Legal Department of the Year" award in 2012 by the Recorder, an American Lawyer publication.
SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) is a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, from research and development, product design and manufacturing to branding and distribution for OEM and retail channels. Since 1988, SanDisk's innovations in flash memory and storage system technologies have provided customers with new and transformational digital experiences. SanDisk's diverse product portfolio includes flash memory cards and embedded solutions used in smart phones, tablets, digital cameras, camcorders, digital media players and other consumer electronic devices, as well as USB flash drives and solid-state drives (SSD) for the computing market. SanDisk's products are used by consumers and enterprise customers around the world.
SanDisk is a Silicon Valley-based S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company, with more than half its sales outside the United States. For more information, visit www.sandisk.com.
|Lee Garvin Flanagin|
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