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Hot 25: First Honorees
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Published: November 01, 2009

Kathryn Braun Lewis

In the’80s and early ’90s, Kathryn Braun Lewis served as executive vice president Irvine-based Western Digital, which had $1.07 billion in annual sales. Lewis was responsible for the company’s business operations. Upon her arrival into the division in 1981, the company’s sales totaled $15 million, nearly a decade after being under her leadership, sales grew nearly 75 percent of the company’s total gross revenue, anticipating to earn $750 million.
 
Lewis eventually became Western Digital’s president and chief operating officer. She left the company in 1998 and became involved in the nonprofit organizations Share Our Selves and THINK Together. In addition, she has served as a director of QLogic since February 2008. 

– Kaysie Ellingson


OC METRO's 2009 Hot 25 honorees:

Toby Bost  |  Mike Gillespie  |  Anil Puri  |  Sean Collins
Kevin Boylan & T.K. Pillan  |  Dr. Jason Knight  |  Hugh Hewitt
Luke Allen  |  Tina Aldatz  |  Sukhee Kang  |  Glenn Gray
Amelia & Florent Marneau  |  Tim McFerran  |  Tallia Hart
 Bill Sanderson Henrik Fisker  |  Janet Hamada  |  Wayne Gross
Julie Miller-Phipps  |  Michael Ruane  |  Carl St.Clair
  Pretend City Phil Willms Sheryl Bourgeois  |  Steve Nichols

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Web extra:
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of OC METRO's Hot 25 awards, here are our original Hot 25 honorees, who were featured in 1990.

Doug Rankin  |  Erich Vollmer  |  Dennis Aigner  |  Greg Patton
Janice Mittermeier  |  Carol Stogsdill  |  Carl St.Clair
Anton Segerstrom  |  Christopher Cox  |  Christine (Reed) Iger
Dr. Robert Bade  |  Thomas Mays  |  Mike Goode
Richard Gadbois  |  Rudy Castruita  |  Debbie Miede
Ernest C. Brown  |  Mossimo Giannulli  |  Daniel L. Rasmussen
Cynthia Ellner  |  Kathryn Braun Lewis  |  David Wilhelm

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