Ray Freeman, OSTA Facilitator

Mike Manuel / George Millington,
Walt & Company Communications


New Association Leadership Includes Broad Industry Representation

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 26, 1998 - The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) today announced the election of a new slate of top officers that will carry the organization forward in developing market demand for writable optical storage products in its new fiscal year commencing July 1. Continuing its tradition of incorporating a broad cross section of industry executives in its leadership, OSTA has elected the following officers:

CHAIRMAN - Jerry Shea, General Manager, Colorado Memory Systems Division, Hewlett-Packard Company, Loveland, Colorado

VICE CHAIRMAN - Thomas J. Shea, General Manager, Software Products Group, Adaptec, Inc., Milpitas, California

TREASURER - Larry L. Smearer, Director of Research Development and Engineering for Storage Products, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York

"OSTA has been successful creating widely-adopted market enablers such as Universal Disk Format (UDF) and MultiRead because dedicated leaders from industry-leading companies have been willing to volunteer their time and talents to achieve these important objectives," said Ray Freeman, OSTA facilitator. "We are again delighted to have a group of officers representing leading hardware, software and media companies."

The new officers have been elected to one-year terms and will formally assume their positions at the start of the new fiscal year, July 1. Jerry Shea, who is no relation to Thomas J. Shea, will succeed Bill Kopatich of Verbatim; Thomas J. Shea will follow Michael Stevens from Imation; and Larry Smearer will replace Larry Zimmer, also from Eastman Kodak.

OSTA Background

The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) was incorporated as an international trade association in 1992 to promote the use of writable optical technologies and products for storage of computer data. The organization's membership includes optical product manufacturers and resellers from three continents, representing more than 80 percent of worldwide writable optical product shipments. They work to shape the future of the industry through regular meetings of CD/DVD, file interchange, market development, magneto-optical and planning committees. Interested companies worldwide are invited to join the organization and participate in its programs by contacting an OSTA representative at 805/963-3853 or by addressing its Web site at www.osta.org.

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