Mr. Bill D. Watkins is CEO of Bridgelux, Inc. Before joining Bridgelux in 2010, he served as CEO of Seagate Technology, the world leading disc drive and storage solutions company, from 2004 through January 2009. Prior to the CEO position, he was the company president and COO, a position he held since 2000. During that time, he was responsible for the company hard-disc drive operations, including recording heads, media and other components, and related R&D and product-development organizations.
He derves as an Advisor at Calumet Venture Management LLC.
Mr. Watkins joined Seagate in 1996 as part of the company merger with Conner Peripherals and earlier in his career, he was part of three management teams that took companies public.
He currently serves as director for United Negro College Fund, Vertical Circuits and Flextronics International.
He is also a Chairman for Silicon Valley Leadership Group and a Senior Advisor for VantagePoint Capital Partners.
Mr. Watkins received a BA from the University of Texas.