Christine Bastian

EVP, Chief People Officer at Western Digital

Christine Bastian is Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Western Digital. In this role, she is responsible for developing the company’s people and leadership solutions and leading a purpose-driven culture across its 65,000+ employees worldwide.

Previously, Bastian was Senior Vice President of People & Communities at Cisco, where she led the enterprise in reimagining talent solutions that transformed the company’s approach to leaders and teams, learning and careers, performance, workforce planning, and hybrid work. With a focus on cultivating high-functioning teams, leader success, and adaptive change, she oversaw teams that drove the execution of acquisitions and divestitures and led people consulting for the company’s global engineering organization.

Bastian is known for her expertise in organizational design, talent development, high-performance teaming, and executive coaching, as well as her passion for advocating for full-spectrum diversity, inclusion, and equity. She has been recognized for her contributions with the YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award in 2019 and as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council in 2020. She is an active member of Global HR 50.

Bastian graduated from California Polytechnic State University. She’s zealous about people, technology, and how she can contribute to do amazing things for our businesses, her community, and our future.



  • EVP, Chief People Officer

    Current role

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