Achievements: Co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Seagate Technology, Shugart led the company into the spot of top disk drive supplier in the industry. By aiming for vertical integration, Shugart created the first independent drive manufacturer, and managed to make it last in a fiercely competitive market. In order to steer the company out of a financial pitfall, Shugart devised the bold acquisition of Imprimis Technology, a mainframe drive maker. Subsequently, Seagate's ability to make its own heads launched the company into the high-performance market.
Today: In 1997 Shugart received the IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Systems Award. He resigned from his positions at Seagate in 1998. Shugart also led an unsuccessful campaign for his dog to be elected to Congress in 1996 – even writing a book about the experience – and in 2000 backed a failed initiative to get a "none of the above" option added to voting ballots. Shugart passed away in 2006 following complications from heart surgery.