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March 16, 2001

I am deeply pleased to share with you some exciting news regarding EMC's Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Dick Egan. Dick has been nominated by President Bush to be the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Ireland. Dick, of course, is honored and excited to be nominated.

For those who haven't had a chance to meet Dick ... he is, in my opinion, one of the most inspiring people ever to grace the business landscape. He is a mentor and motivator to the extreme. He has an incredible ability to create wonders of the ordinary. He surrounds himself with people who have drive, intellect and attitude. He creates an atmosphere that lets these people believe they can accomplish anything. His management style is marked by positive reinforcement, embodiment of a "never say never" attitude and a zest for winning. His Yankee ways always made sure that we had enough money in the EMC bank to cover the unforeseen and he routinely sacrificed the usual corporate trappings. His frugal style once caused a mandate to use only Bic pens over the more luxurious Uniballs ... while at the same time he spent lavishly on whatever our Engineers required to do their jobs. He is a passionate believer in the benefits of a great product (A long-standing sign over his desk! reads, "It's the product, stupid.") and the raw potential of people.

It has often been joked within the hallways of EMC that EMC stands for "Egan's Many Children". What a father figure. Ireland will be lucky to know him.

EMC today is one of the largest employers in Ireland with roughly 1,600 people. Dick and his wife Maureen (Fitzgerald) Egan selected the location of EMC's campus in County Cork in 1988 as it was near the family farm.

If you care to join the EMC family in congratulating Dick on this prestigious nomination, feel free to send your wishes by replying to this email. I will pass your correspondence along to "Himself."

Polly Pearson
EMC VP Global Investor Relations

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