MARK LEWIS: Vice president and general manager of enterprise storage group, Compaq
> YEARS WITH THE COMPANY: Since 1998 merger with Digital Equipment
> QUOTE: "We are focused on storage systems, and really growing our software business. We continue to see that content leads commerce. Lower-cost storage solutions and storage continue to lead the evolution of applications. As we see storage growth and as costs come down, we continue to see new applications."
When Hewlett-Packard proposed the merger with Compaq, HP executives were seeking a leg up in the storage space. One reason: Compaq has gained and extended market leadership over storage rival EMC with 2.6 percent more market share. Compaq estimates it has a "$630 million revenue delta" annually over EMC, Lewis told financial analysts earlier this year. And Lewis, who succeeded Howard Elias in the post, pointed to a Morgan Stanley study that predicts the storage space will grow by 12 percent in 2002.