Seagate's former CEO lights up

January 13, 2010: 5:48 AM ET

Tech veteran Watkins talks about why he took the top job at LED maker Bridgelux.

A year after he was booted from the top spot at hard drive-maker Seagate (STX), Bill Watkins has taken on the CEO job at Sunnyvale, CA-based LED lighting company Bridgelux. Bridgelux makes LED (light emitting diode) chips and arrays for use in general lighting applications for everything from streetlights to warehouses.

"I always knew I would go back to work - I wasn't going to grow grapes in Napa or play golf - but I had no real interest in going back into storage, " Watkins says. "I looked at a lot of things, solar companies, all kinds of green tech opportunities, and this was by far the best." More

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