Sirjang Lal Tandon

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Sirjang Lal Tandon also known as "Jugi" Tandon, was born in India in 1942. He is chairman and CEO of Celetronix, Inc.[1] He is known for leading his company, Tandon Corporation (originally Tandon Magnetics) in the disk drive industry, creating what became the industry-standard double-sided floppy drive disk read-and-write heads.

Education and early career[edit]

Tandon grew up in Punjab, India.[2] In 1960, he moved to the United States with $3,000, earning a BS at Howard University, master's degree in mechanical engineering at Kansas State University and an MBA at the University of Santa Clara.

He worked as an engineer from 1970 to mid 1975 at IBM and Memorex. In late 1975, he left IBM for Pertec Inc. in Chatsworth, but left that same year to start Tandon Magnetics in his Chatsworth garage with $7,000.[1][3]

Tandon Corp.[edit]

Tandon invented the double-sided floppy drive used by IBM in the IBM PC and worked as OEM manufacturer for Xerox, Tandem and Prime Computer. In late 1982, Tandon was #1 in the disk-drive industry, and his company was named Forbes magazine's "Up and Comer of the Year". The $150-million value of his stock placed "Jugi", at age 41, on the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans. With this wealth, he built a 30-room home on 20 acres in Chatsworth.

In September 1993, Tandon Corp. filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. In 1996, Sirjang created JT Storage (Jugi Tandon Storage), back in Chatsworth, CA.


  1. ^ a b "Executive Profile: Sirjang Lal Tandon". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  2. ^ Kristof, Nicholas D. (12 June 1986). "At Tandon, a fresh beginning". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  3. ^ BATES, JAMES (8 April 1986). "Disk-Drive Maker Hopes to Reverse Fortunes : Tandon Pulls Switch to Personal Computer Field". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 October 2012.