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These excerpts taken from the HILL 10-K filed Mar 10, 2009.

Employees

As of December 31, 2008, we had 266 full-time employees, of whom 43 were engaged in sales and marketing, 127 in research and development, 58 in manufacturing, 21 in general management and administration and 17 in customer service and support. We have not had a work stoppage among our employees and none of our employees are represented under collective bargaining agreements. We consider our relations with our employees to be good.

Employees

As of December 31, 2008, we had 266 full-time employees, of whom 43 were engaged in sales and marketing, 127 in research and development, 58 in manufacturing, 21 in general management and administration and 17 in customer service and support. We have not had a work stoppage among our employees and none of our employees are represented under collective bargaining agreements. We consider our relations with our employees to be good.

Employees

As of
December 31, 2008, we had 266 full-time employees, of whom 43 were engaged in sales and marketing, 127 in research and development, 58 in manufacturing, 21 in general management and administration and 17 in customer service and support. We
have not had a work stoppage among our employees and none of our employees are represented under collective bargaining agreements. We consider our relations with our employees to be good.

STYLE="margin-top:18px;margin-bottom:0px">Executive Officers and Key Employees of the Registrant

 




















































Name

  Age  

Position

  

Officer or

ALIGN="center">Key Employee Since

Dana W. Kammersgard

  53  Chief Executive Officer and President  August 1984(1)

Hanif I. Jamal

  48  Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary  July 2006

James Kuenzel(2)

  55  Senior Vice President of Engineering  February 2006

Ernest Hafersat(2)

  59  Senior Vice President of Worldwide Manufacturing, Operations and Supply Base Management  March 2008

 





(1)In 1999, Artecon and Box Hill merged to form Dot Hill. Artecon was founded in 1984 and Mr. Kammersgard was an officer of Artecon from its inception until the merger, and
has been an officer of Dot Hill since that date.

 





(2)Key employees.

All officers are elected by our board of
directors and serve at the pleasure of our board of directors as provided in our bylaws.

Dana W. Kammersgard has served as our
President since August 2004. In March 2006, Mr. Kammersgard was appointed as our Chief Executive Officer and President. From August 1999 to August 2004, Mr. Kammersgard served as our Chief Technical Officer. Mr. Kammersgard was a
founder of Artecon and served as a director from its inception in 1984 until the merger of Box Hill and Artecon in August 1999. At Artecon, Mr. Kammersgard served in various positions since 1984, including Secretary and Senior Vice President of
Engineering from March 1998 until August 1999 and as Vice President of Sales and Marketing from March 1997 until March 1998. Prior to co-founding Artecon, Mr. Kammersgard was the director of software development at CALMA, a division of General
Electric Company. Mr. Kammersgard holds a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.

Hanif I. Jamal
has served as our Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary since July 2006. Prior to joining Dot Hill, Mr. Jamal served as Vice President and Corporate Treasurer for

 


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Gateway Inc. from 2004 to 2006. Prior to joining Gateway in 2002, Mr. Jamal served in a number of leadership positions over 17 years within
Hewlett- Packard Company in the customer financing division, HP Technology Finance. Mr. Jamal led HP’s customer financing operations in North America, Latin America and Europe and was also Vice President and General Manager for HP’s
Commercial and Consumer Financing Division. In 1998, he established Hewlett-Packard International Bank in Dublin, Ireland, and served as Managing Director through 2000. Jamal holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of
Science degree, with Honors, in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in the United Kingdom.

SIZE="2">James Kuenzel has served as our Senior Vice President of Engineering since February 2006. Mr. Kuenzel joined Dot Hill after leaving Maranti Networks Inc. where he began his tenure in 2002 as Vice President of Engineering and
then was appointed to President and Chief Operating Officer. Kuenzel has also held Vice President of Engineering positions at McData Corporation, Cabletron Systems, Inc. and Digital Equipment Corporation. Mr. Kuenzel attended Georgetown
University Extension, University of Wisconsin Extension, and holds an A.A. in Electronics from Philco Ford Technical Institute.

Ernest
Hafersat
has served as our Senior Vice President of Worldwide Manufacturing, Operations and Supply Base Management since November 2008, and previously served as our Vice President of Worldwide Manufacturing Operations and Supply Base Management
since March 31, 2008. Mr. Hafersat joined Dot Hill after leaving Western Digital Corporation where he held senior level positions in operations and engineering from 2005 to 2008. Prior to Western Digital, Mr. Hafersat was Vice
President, Manufacturing Operations & Program Management for Carrier Access Corp. Previous positions include Vice President, Operations for Vari-l Corp., Vice President/ GM at Read-Rite Corp.- Philippines, Senior Director, Engineering/ NPI
at Maxtor Corp. and Director of Engineering at Hyundai Semiconductor-Korea. Mr. Hafersat has overseen operations, supply base management, global supplier quality and engineering for both domestic and international multi-site
facilities. His international experience includes China, Pacific Rim countries, Mexico and Costa Rica. Mr. Hafersat has a BSIE/BSEE from Waterbury State Technical University, and attended University of Hartford and Rennsslaer Polytechnic
Institute with credits toward an MBA.

 


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Item 1A.Risk Factors

The following
sets forth risk factors that may affect our future results. Our business, results of operations and financial condition may be materially and adversely affected due to any of the following risks. We face risks described but not limited to those
detailed below. Additional risks we are not presently aware of or that we currently believe are immaterial may also impair our business operations. The trading price of our common stock could decline due to any of these risks. In assessing these
risks, you should also refer to the other information contained or incorporated by reference in this annual report on Form 10-K, including our financial statements and related disclosures.

STYLE="margin-top:18px;margin-bottom:0px; margin-left:4%">Recent turmoil in the global economy, credit markets and the financial services industry may negatively impact our revenues, access to capital, our
customers’ access to capital and ability to pay for their purchases in a timely manner, and our suppliers’ access to capital and ability to provide us with goods and timely delivery, or willingness to provide credit terms to us.

The current recession could reduce the demand for our products and negatively impact net revenues and operating profit. We are unable to
predict changes in general macroeconomic conditions and when, or if, global IT spending rates will be affected and to what degree they will be impacted. Furthermore, even if IT spending rates increase, we cannot be certain that the market for
external storage solutions will be positively impacted. If there are future reductions in either domestic or international IT spending rates, or if IT spending rates do not increase, our net revenues, operating results and financial condition may be
adversely affected.

Recently, the credit markets and the financial services industry have been experiencing a period of unprecedented
turmoil and upheaval characterized by the bankruptcy, failure, collapse or sale of various financial institutions and other industries and an unprecedented level of intervention from the United States federal government. While the ultimate outcome
of these events cannot be predicted, they may have a material adverse effect on our liquidity and financial condition if our ability to borrow money to finance our operations from our existing lender under our bank credit agreement or obtain credit
from trade creditors were to be impaired. In addition, the recent economic crisis could also adversely impact our customers, and/or their customers, ability to finance the purchase of storage systems from us or our suppliers’ ability to provide
us with product, any of which may negatively impact our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Our smaller OEM customers
may not be as well capitalized as, nor do they have the financial resources of, our larger customers. In addition, our sales to all our customers are typically made on credit without collateral. There is a risk that customers will not pay, or that
payment may be delayed, because of their liquidity constraints, or because they are awaiting payment from their customers, or other factors beyond our control, which could increase our exposure to losses from bad debts, or increase accounts
receivable, and thus reduce cash.

Our third-party manufacturers rely on other third parties to supply key components of our storage
products. Some of these components are available only from one or limited sources in the quantities and quality we require. Should any of the component suppliers cease to operate due to the current economic conditions or otherwise, we would have to
qualify and locate alternative suppliers. We estimate that replacing key components we currently use in our products with those of another supplier could involve several months of hardware and software modification, which could significantly harm
our ability to meet our customers’ orders for our products, damage our customer relationships and result in a loss of sales.

Our
manufacturing suppliers provide us with credit terms that have in some cases been negotiated and documented in our manufacturing agreements. The credit terms we receive from these suppliers vary amongst our manufacturing partners but they all
provide for adequate credit limits and credit terms. Should any of our manufacturing partners reduce our credit limits or shorten payment terms, due to their inability to purchase credit insurance or due to uncertainty regarding our financial
position, our cash resources and working capital could be significantly impacted.

 


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Employees

As of
December 31, 2008, we had 266 full-time employees, of whom 43 were engaged in sales and marketing, 127 in research and development, 58 in manufacturing, 21 in general management and administration and 17 in customer service and support. We
have not had a work stoppage among our employees and none of our employees are represented under collective bargaining agreements. We consider our relations with our employees to be good.

STYLE="margin-top:18px;margin-bottom:0px">Executive Officers and Key Employees of the Registrant

 




















































Name

  Age  

Position

  

Officer or

ALIGN="center">Key Employee Since

Dana W. Kammersgard

  53  Chief Executive Officer and President  August 1984(1)

Hanif I. Jamal

  48  Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary  July 2006

James Kuenzel(2)

  55  Senior Vice President of Engineering  February 2006

Ernest Hafersat(2)

  59  Senior Vice President of Worldwide Manufacturing, Operations and Supply Base Management  March 2008

 





(1)In 1999, Artecon and Box Hill merged to form Dot Hill. Artecon was founded in 1984 and Mr. Kammersgard was an officer of Artecon from its inception until the merger, and
has been an officer of Dot Hill since that date.

 





(2)Key employees.

All officers are elected by our board of
directors and serve at the pleasure of our board of directors as provided in our bylaws.

Dana W. Kammersgard has served as our
President since August 2004. In March 2006, Mr. Kammersgard was appointed as our Chief Executive Officer and President. From August 1999 to August 2004, Mr. Kammersgard served as our Chief Technical Officer. Mr. Kammersgard was a
founder of Artecon and served as a director from its inception in 1984 until the merger of Box Hill and Artecon in August 1999. At Artecon, Mr. Kammersgard served in various positions since 1984, including Secretary and Senior Vice President of
Engineering from March 1998 until August 1999 and as Vice President of Sales and Marketing from March 1997 until March 1998. Prior to co-founding Artecon, Mr. Kammersgard was the director of software development at CALMA, a division of General
Electric Company. Mr. Kammersgard holds a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.

Hanif I. Jamal
has served as our Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary since July 2006. Prior to joining Dot Hill, Mr. Jamal served as Vice President and Corporate Treasurer for

 


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Gateway Inc. from 2004 to 2006. Prior to joining Gateway in 2002, Mr. Jamal served in a number of leadership positions over 17 years within
Hewlett- Packard Company in the customer financing division, HP Technology Finance. Mr. Jamal led HP’s customer financing operations in North America, Latin America and Europe and was also Vice President and General Manager for HP’s
Commercial and Consumer Financing Division. In 1998, he established Hewlett-Packard International Bank in Dublin, Ireland, and served as Managing Director through 2000. Jamal holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of
Science degree, with Honors, in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in the United Kingdom.

SIZE="2">James Kuenzel has served as our Senior Vice President of Engineering since February 2006. Mr. Kuenzel joined Dot Hill after leaving Maranti Networks Inc. where he began his tenure in 2002 as Vice President of Engineering and
then was appointed to President and Chief Operating Officer. Kuenzel has also held Vice President of Engineering positions at McData Corporation, Cabletron Systems, Inc. and Digital Equipment Corporation. Mr. Kuenzel attended Georgetown
University Extension, University of Wisconsin Extension, and holds an A.A. in Electronics from Philco Ford Technical Institute.

Ernest
Hafersat
has served as our Senior Vice President of Worldwide Manufacturing, Operations and Supply Base Management since November 2008, and previously served as our Vice President of Worldwide Manufacturing Operations and Supply Base Management
since March 31, 2008. Mr. Hafersat joined Dot Hill after leaving Western Digital Corporation where he held senior level positions in operations and engineering from 2005 to 2008. Prior to Western Digital, Mr. Hafersat was Vice
President, Manufacturing Operations & Program Management for Carrier Access Corp. Previous positions include Vice President, Operations for Vari-l Corp., Vice President/ GM at Read-Rite Corp.- Philippines, Senior Director, Engineering/ NPI
at Maxtor Corp. and Director of Engineering at Hyundai Semiconductor-Korea. Mr. Hafersat has overseen operations, supply base management, global supplier quality and engineering for both domestic and international multi-site
facilities. His international experience includes China, Pacific Rim countries, Mexico and Costa Rica. Mr. Hafersat has a BSIE/BSEE from Waterbury State Technical University, and attended University of Hartford and Rennsslaer Polytechnic
Institute with credits toward an MBA.

 


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Item 1A.Risk Factors

The following
sets forth risk factors that may affect our future results. Our business, results of operations and financial condition may be materially and adversely affected due to any of the following risks. We face risks described but not limited to those
detailed below. Additional risks we are not presently aware of or that we currently believe are immaterial may also impair our business operations. The trading price of our common stock could decline due to any of these risks. In assessing these
risks, you should also refer to the other information contained or incorporated by reference in this annual report on Form 10-K, including our financial statements and related disclosures.

STYLE="margin-top:18px;margin-bottom:0px; margin-left:4%">Recent turmoil in the global economy, credit markets and the financial services industry may negatively impact our revenues, access to capital, our
customers’ access to capital and ability to pay for their purchases in a timely manner, and our suppliers’ access to capital and ability to provide us with goods and timely delivery, or willingness to provide credit terms to us.

The current recession could reduce the demand for our products and negatively impact net revenues and operating profit. We are unable to
predict changes in general macroeconomic conditions and when, or if, global IT spending rates will be affected and to what degree they will be impacted. Furthermore, even if IT spending rates increase, we cannot be certain that the market for
external storage solutions will be positively impacted. If there are future reductions in either domestic or international IT spending rates, or if IT spending rates do not increase, our net revenues, operating results and financial condition may be
adversely affected.

Recently, the credit markets and the financial services industry have been experiencing a period of unprecedented
turmoil and upheaval characterized by the bankruptcy, failure, collapse or sale of various financial institutions and other industries and an unprecedented level of intervention from the United States federal government. While the ultimate outcome
of these events cannot be predicted, they may have a material adverse effect on our liquidity and financial condition if our ability to borrow money to finance our operations from our existing lender under our bank credit agreement or obtain credit
from trade creditors were to be impaired. In addition, the recent economic crisis could also adversely impact our customers, and/or their customers, ability to finance the purchase of storage systems from us or our suppliers’ ability to provide
us with product, any of which may negatively impact our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Our smaller OEM customers
may not be as well capitalized as, nor do they have the financial resources of, our larger customers. In addition, our sales to all our customers are typically made on credit without collateral. There is a risk that customers will not pay, or that
payment may be delayed, because of their liquidity constraints, or because they are awaiting payment from their customers, or other factors beyond our control, which could increase our exposure to losses from bad debts, or increase accounts
receivable, and thus reduce cash.

Our third-party manufacturers rely on other third parties to supply key components of our storage
products. Some of these components are available only from one or limited sources in the quantities and quality we require. Should any of the component suppliers cease to operate due to the current economic conditions or otherwise, we would have to
qualify and locate alternative suppliers. We estimate that replacing key components we currently use in our products with those of another supplier could involve several months of hardware and software modification, which could significantly harm
our ability to meet our customers’ orders for our products, damage our customer relationships and result in a loss of sales.

Our
manufacturing suppliers provide us with credit terms that have in some cases been negotiated and documented in our manufacturing agreements. The credit terms we receive from these suppliers vary amongst our manufacturing partners but they all
provide for adequate credit limits and credit terms. Should any of our manufacturing partners reduce our credit limits or shorten payment terms, due to their inability to purchase credit insurance or due to uncertainty regarding our financial
position, our cash resources and working capital could be significantly impacted.

 


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These excerpts taken from the HILL 10-K filed Mar 17, 2008.
Employees
 
As of December 31, 2007, we had 261 full-time employees, of whom 56 were engaged in sales and marketing, 102 in research and development, 47 in manufacturing, 31 in general management and administration and 25 in customer service and support. We have not had a work stoppage among our employees and none of our employees are represented under collective bargaining agreements. We consider our relations with our employees to be good.


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Employees


 



As of December 31, 2007, we had 261 full-time
employees, of whom 56 were engaged in sales and marketing, 102
in research and development, 47 in manufacturing, 31 in general
management and administration and 25 in customer service and
support. We have not had a work stoppage among our employees and
none of our employees are represented under collective
bargaining agreements. We consider our relations with our
employees to be good.





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This excerpt taken from the HILL 10-K filed Mar 16, 2007.
Employees
 
As of December 31, 2006, we had 269 full-time employees, of whom 56 were engaged in sales and marketing, 106 in research and development, 52 in manufacturing, 32 in general management and administration and 23 in


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customer service and support. We have not had a work stoppage among our employees and none of our employees are represented under collective bargaining agreements. We consider our relations with our employees to be good.
 
This excerpt taken from the HILL 10-K filed Mar 16, 2005.

Employees

        As of December 31, 2004, we had 253 full-time employees, of whom 68 were engaged in sales and marketing, 109 in research and development, 44 in manufacturing, 24 in general management and administration and 8 in customer service and support. We have not had a work stoppage among our employees and none of our employees are represented under collective bargaining agreements. We consider our relations with our employees to be good.

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