Stephen McKenzie, a 25-year veteran of high technology company management, has been named president of Tandberg Data Inc., the Anaheim computer memory equipment manufacturer. The announcement was made by Hans Lodrup, chairman of the board.
McKenzie, 55, succeeds Kjell Froyslid, Tandberg’s chief executive officer and corporate vice president of its parent company, Tandberg A/S of Oslo, Norway. Froyslid served as interim president of the three-year-old subsidiary from mid-February through April.
Tandberg lost its permanent president when Robert Chartrand resigned, citing differences with the conservative style of the company’s Norwegian parent. At the same time, Nick Horn, Tandberg’s vice president of sales and marketing, resigned. Horn has since been replaced by Art Plitt.
McKenzie is no stranger to Southern California. He served as president of the computer division of General Automation Inc. in Anaheim, vice president of office products for Xerox Corp. in Los Angeles, and vice president of marketing for the Financial Systems Division of TRW in Los Angeles.
Since 1982, McKenzie has been president of his own consulting company that has concentrated on developing new high technology companies in Southern California.