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Folio Photonics Expands Engineering Leadership Team with the Appointment of Greg Kittilson as Vice President of Engineering

February 7th, 2023

SOLON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Folio Photonics today announced the appointment of industry veteran Greg Kittilson as Vice President of Engineering. In this position, Kittilson will lead the engineering team in developing and delivering the first-ever enterprise-scale, immutable active archive solution, that provides breakthrough cost, margin, and sustainability benefits to the market. He will act directly under the CEO, Steve Santamaria, and work across functional teams to further the product development process.

A seasoned product development leader, Kittilson brings a wealth of experience and demonstrated accomplishments throughout his long career in the computer hardware industry, having led functional areas of servo development, electrical engineering and software engineering.

Prior to Folio Photonics, Kittilson worked many years at Seagate Technology, initially as drive core team leader, where he and his team delivered the first 2.5" gaming drive for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the first automotive drive and the first hybrid drive (named one of the 25 most innovative products of 2008 by PC World). He went on to serve as Seagate's Senior Director for CORTX Object Storage Data Path development and, most recently, as PMO Director for Lyve Cloud Engineering.

Before Seagate, Kittilson held leadership positions in product development and engineering with Dot Hill Systems, where he led a team that defined and delivered the next-generation storage architecture centered on a RAID Companion Processor ASIC for entry-level storage arrays.

"I am thrilled with the opportunity to join the innovative team that has pioneered a ground-breaking approach to optical storage that overcomes historical constraints and puts unheard-of cost, cybersecurity and sustainability benefits within reach," stated Kittilson. "I look forward to leveraging my industry knowledge and technical expertise to drive the productization of Folio's next-generation optical technology – and providing the data storage industry with revolutionizing active archive offerings."

Greg’s outstanding engineering background makes him a great asset to our team,” said Santamaria. “His proven success in dramatically scaling operations in high-growth businesses will be instrumental as we scale operations and usher in a new era of data storage technology that offers major advantages in the ever-challenging archival storage market.”

Kittilson holds a BS in Engineering from St. Cloud State University and an MBA and Master's degree in Systems Engineering from Colorado State University. He also owns a United States Patent for a "Disk drive employing method of writing a data block to a data sector following a defective servo sector."

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