Press Release

September 20, 2011

Hitachi Data Systems Appoints Yogesh Sawant as Director for Partner Sales

To drive Hitachi Data Systems Partner Sales and Field Alliance Organization across India

Bangalore, September 20, 2011 — Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), today announced that it has named Yogesh Sawant as Director, Partner Sales and Field Alliance Organization in India effective immediately.

With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, Sawant will be responsible for driving and enhancing the alignment of the Hitachi TrueNorth™ Partner program with its partner, technology and application vendor ecosystem in India.

Commenting on the appointment, Vivekanand Venugopal, vice president and general manager, India, Hitachi Data Systems said, “I am thrilled to welcome Yogesh Sawant to Hitachi Data Systems. Yogesh comes to us with rich experience and a proven track record of delivering consistent business results. The alignment and integration of the Hitachi Data Systems information infrastructure solutions with our partner business models will be key to accelerating our growth in the Indian market. Yogesh’s widely acclaimed expertise will be of tremendous value to us as we continue to penetrate high growth areas and drive predictable, sustainable growth.”

“India is an exciting new growth market for Hitachi Data Systems, and we have seen considerable momentum in the region. A large part of this success can be attributed to our robust partner program, which is a crucial element of our business strategy. Having someone of the caliber of Yogesh driving our partner program in India will help us leverage our partner ecosystem to a far greater extent to deliver greater value to our customers and propel our expansion in the country, ” said, Michael Heitz, vice president, Indirect Business and Alliances, Asia Pacific, Hitachi Data Systems.

Prior to joining Hitachi Data Systems, Sawant has worked for organizations such as Oracle India Pvt. Ltd., Sun Microsystems, Dell Computer India, Hewlett Packard, Compaq and Digital Equipment India Pvt. Ltd. where here his contribution has been highly respected. Yogesh Sawant is an engineering graduate from the University of Pune, specializing in industrial electronics.

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About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems provides best-in-class information technologies, services and solutions that deliver compelling customer ROI, unmatched return on assets (ROA) and demonstrable business impact. With a vision that IT must be virtualized, automated, cloud-ready and sustainable, Hitachi Data Systems offers solutions that improve IT costs and agility. With more than 4,900 employees worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems does business in more than 100 countries and regions. Hitachi Data Systems products, services and solutions are trusted by the world’s leading enterprises, including more than 70 percent of the Fortune 100 and more than 80 percent of the Fortune Global 100. Hitachi Data Systems believes that data drives our world – and information is the new currency. To learn more, visit:

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2010 (ended March 31, 2011) consolidated revenues totaled 9,315 billion yen ($112.2 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at

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