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SanDisk

(NasdaqNM: SNDK)

USA

SanDisk is working hard to ensure you won't forget this memory company. The maker of those tiny cards—sold at retail for use in everything from digital cameras to cell phones and PDAs—has been branching out. The chipmaker now sells digital music players, and is trying to grab share from music king Apple with its hot new eSansa line. That may be a long shot, but the company certainly isn't suffering. Sales jumped 35%, to $2.48 billion, while SanDisk delivered 12% return on equity and 12% return on assets.

Company Info

2005 Rank

100

Sales*
($ Millions)

2,478.4

Sales Growth
(over prev. year)

35 %

Profits*
($ Millions)

347.0

Return on Equity

11.8 %

Total Return on Sales (12-mo.)

116.7

Share Price
As of 5/31/06

56.27

CURRENT
MARKET INFO

NasdaqNM: SNDK

No. of Employees

1,083

Industry Computers & Peripherals
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*Trailing 12 months
Stock price data as of 5/31/06
DATA: Standard & Poor's Compustat

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Company Snapshot

SanDisk engages in the design, development, and market of flash storage card products used in various consumer electronics worldwide. Its products include flash cards, Universal Serial Bus, flash drives, and digital audio players. The company's flash storage allows data to be stored in a compact format that retains the data for an extended period of time after power has been turned off. Its products are used in digital cameras, feature phones, and other digital consumer devices. SanDisk sells its products to original equipment manufacturers, retailers, and distributors. The company was co-founded by Eli Harari and Sanjay Mehrotra in 1988. SanDisk is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.


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Eli Harari

Eli Harari, 59

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Total Compensation

$2,468,173

Value of Options

$178,248,110

Princeton University - MA, Princeton University - PhD, University of Manchester - BS

Eli Harari has been chief executive officer and co-founder of SanDisk since June, 1988, and has served as president since 1988. Harari founded Wafer Scale Integration, a privately held semiconductor company, in 1983 and was president and chief executive officer from 1983 to 1986 and chairman and chief technical officer from 1986 to 1988. From 1973 to 1983, Harari held various management positions with Honeywell, Intel, and Hughes Aircraft Microelectronics. Harari has been chairman of Sandisk since June, 2006, and its director since June, 1988. He has been a director of Tower Semiconductor since January, 2001. Harari holds an MA and PhD in solid state sciences from Princeton University and a bachelor's (Honors) degree in physics from Manchester University.



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