Seagate, which is planning a new initial public offering, announced on Tuesday that the 15-year Sun veteran will become a member of its board. But the company did not offer details on just how involved Zander will be in its day-to-day affairs.
The Scotts Valley, Calif., drive maker had been a public company, but went private as part of a complicateddeal in 2000. Its plans for a second initial public offering come at a very difficult time in the ultracompetitive PC and server market, where Seagate sells most of its hard drives.
But unlike before its buyout, Seagate has been making efforts tobeyond the PC market. As previously , it enjoys a bigger piece of the growing storage systems market, in which numerous drives are bundled inside network-attached storage gear sold by a range of companies such as EMC. The company is also now profitable.
Zander, whofrom Sun on July 1, hasn't said much about his future plans. His successes at Sun have often put him on the shortlist of candidates for companies looking for new chief executives.
Before becoming president of Sun, Zander ran the company's computer systems organization. Prior to that, he had been vice president of marketing for minicomputer maker Apollo Computer. He also spent time at Data General, another minicomputer manufacturer.