"...Oak Technology announced today that two seasoned industry veterans have joined the company to support the growth of its Optical Storage Group (OSG). Logan Saverimuthu joins as vice president, business unit manager focused on the PC market segment, and Akyra Pagoulatos joins as vice president, business unit manager focused on the iAppliance market segment. Both gentlemen will report to Bill Housley, general manager, Optical Storage Group and will be responsible for providing focus on product development, direction and delivery in their assigned market segment.
Logan Saverimuthu: As the PC market segment business unit manager, Saverimuthu will lead efforts to drive product definition and development, quality improvements and customer satisfaction to Oak Technology's customer base. Oak Technology has established itself as a leader in the CDRW market and Saverimuthu will help extend that lead into the next-generation combo CD-RW/DVD and DVD-recordable solutions.
Previously, Saverimuthu served as vice president of engineering for Samsung Information Systems America, where he managed Advanced Engineering, Product Development, Test Process and Supplier Quality Engineering groups. Prior to Samsung, Saverimuthu was senior director of Engineering for Western Digital Corporation, where he coordinated developments of four new ASIC devices and introduced a new manufacturing test process. Logan also was a program manager at Quantum Corporation where he successfully managed one of the companies most successful desktop drive programs. Saverimuthu earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Middlesex University in Middlesex, UK.
Akyra Pagoulatos: As the business unit manager focused on iAppliance, Pagoulatos is responsible for driving product development, product delivery, and customer satisfaction for the iAppliance market segment. This new emerging market, where Oak Technology is focusing on consumer recording applications, is becoming a major opportunity to expand Oak's expertise in the optical segment.
Previously, Pagoulatos served as general manager, Philips Components International B.V, managing Philips Optical Group in the Asia Pacific Region. Leading up to that position, he also held a series of management positions within Philips' Optical Storage Group, managing programs for CD-R/RW drives, CD-RW mechanisms and components, and CD/RW audio for consumer applications.
Earlier, he managed a $50 million venture division for Sony Electronics, developing strategic alliances and partnerships. He began his career at Sony in product management, working with CD-ROMs, laserdisc players and other PC peripherals and consumer devices. He holds a BSEE from the Devry Institute of Technology..."