Arif Shakeel, MBA ’81

Arif ShakeelMr. Shakeel will be honored by the University of Memphis’ Herff College of Engineering as Outstanding Alumnus. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the U of M in 1977. In 2007, the Graziadio School similarly recognized Mr. Shakeel with its Distinguished Alumni Award at graduation.

Shakeel is a director of Western Digital Corporation and its former CEO.  Under his leadership, the company improved its manufacturing efficiency by increasing its capacity and reducing its operating expenses nearly 50 percent. From 2004 to 2005, production increased and revenue doubled, from $2 billion to almost $4 billion. At the same time, Western Digital posted the most consistent profits and the highest revenue on invested capital in the hard-drive industry.

He began his career with Western Digital in 1985. Before being named chief executive officer in 2005, he had served the company as product manager, vice president for materials-Asia, senior vice president for worldwide operations, executive vice president, and chief operating officer.

Located in Lake Forest, Calif., Western Digital is one of the world’s largest computer information storage manufacturers.

Arif Shakeel, MBA ’81

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