MILPITAS, CA -- February 17, 1999 -- Read-Rite Corporation (NASDAQ: RDRT) has appointed Dr. Harpal S. Gill, age 45, vice president of engineering for Read-Rite International in Southeast Asia. He replaces Narinder Bajwa who recently returned to corporate headquarters as vice president of manufacturing systems. In Asia, Gill will report directly to Andy Dalisa, senior vice president, Read-Rite International.

Gill has over 25 years of experience of which 15 years were in the data storage industry, in mechanical design, process design and development, and automation and state of the art quality systems. Immediately prior to joining Read-Rite, he was managing director of the JTS drive manufacturing plant in Madras, India, and was responsible for worldwide material and procurement. Prior to that, he spent one and a half years in JTS's San Jose plant where he was responsible all drive design for 3-1/2 and 3-inch form factor drives. Gill's background also includes senior managerial positions with Seagate Technology in Scotts Valley, California and Stanton Automation in London, England.

Commenting on the appointment, Andy Dalisa said, "Harpal's extensive managerial experience and technical expertise in head gimbal assembly (HGA) and headstack assembly (HSA) will be invaluable in assisting Read-Rite to achieve its technology goals in Southeast Asia."

Harpal received his Ph.D. in process optimization and in-line quality control from the University of Bradford, UK, and holds a B.Sc., in manufacturing systems and mechanical engineering from Brunel University, UK.

Read-Rite Corporation is one of the world's leading independent manufacturers of MR recording heads, head gimbal assemblies (HGAs) and head stack assemblies (HSAs) for disk drives and tape drives. The company is headquartered in Milpitas, California and has operations in Japan, Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore. The company's home page on the World Wide Web can be reached at

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