Western Digital Corporation (Form: 8-K)  






Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported):   August 10, 2011

Western Digital Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware 001-08703 33-0956711
(State or other jurisdiction
(I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation) File Number) Identification No.)
3355 Michelson Drive, Suite 100, Irvine, California   92612
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:   (949) 672-7000

Not Applicable
Former name or former address, if changed since last report


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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

(e) On August 10, 2011, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Western Digital Corporation (the "Company") approved an increase in the base salary of Wolfgang U. Nickl, the Company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, from $350,000 to $400,000.

On August 11, 2011, the Compensation Committee established the performance goals for cash bonus awards to be made under the Western Digital Corporation Incentive Compensation Plan (the "ICP") for the six-month period beginning July 2, 2011 and ending December 30, 2011. Under the ICP, the Company’s executive officers and certain other employees are eligible to receive cash bonus awards that are determined based on the Company’s achievement of the established performance goals as well as other discretionary factors, including non-financial and strategic operating objectives, business and industry conditions and individual and business group performance. For the six-month period beginning July 2, 2011 and ending December 30, 2011, the Compensation Committee selected earnings per share as the financial performance goal and established specific earnings per share goals to correspond to specific achievement percentages ranging between 0% and 200%.

For executive officers, the Compensation Committee has previously approved an ICP target bonus under the ICP for each executive officer that is expressed as a percentage of the executive’s semi-annual base salary and that currently ranges from 75% to 150% for the executive officers. At the end of the six-month performance period, the ICP will fund in an amount ranging from 0% to 200% based on an interpolation between the Company’s performance as measured against the pre-established earnings per share goals and a consideration of the Company’s overall achievement of key non-financial and strategic operating objectives as well as changes in the business and industry that occur during the performance period. Each executive will be eligible to receive a bonus in an amount equal to his target bonus multiplied by the funding percentage approved by the Compensation Committee, subject to further adjustment by the Compensation Committee depending upon the executive’s individual and business group’s performance.

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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

    Western Digital Corporation
August 15, 2011   By:   /s/ Michael C. Ray
        Name: Michael C. Ray
        Title: Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary