SAN FRANCISCO Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) Tuesday (Jan. 31) named Dennis McKenna president, chairman and CEO. McKenna succeeds Robert Bishop, who will remain on the board of directors and serve as vice chairman, SGI said.
McKenna has more than 20 years of high-tech management experience. Prior to joining SGI, he was the CEO of SCP Global Technologies, a privately held supplier of semiconductor wafer cleaning equipment based in Boise, Idaho. McKenna previously served as chairman and CEO of ChipPAC, leading the packaging company's merger with STATS Singapore in 2004. McKenna's previous management roles included executive positions with Hyundai Electronics America and Oki Semiconductor.
"Dennis McKenna is a proven leader, with an established track record of driving positive results in difficult business environments. He is well balanced in strategy, business development and operational execution a combination that we believe will bring improved results to SGI and its stakeholders," said James McDivitt, SGI's lead director, in a statement.
McKenna is also a member of the board of directors of Legerity, a privately held semiconductor company. He graduated from Wayne State University with a business degree and started his career with Burroughs in Michigan.
"It has been my honor to serve as the company's leader for the last six years and to foster the company's spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship," Bishop said. "Throughout its 24-year history, SGI has always made strategic high-impact contributions to the IT industry. I welcome Dennis McKenna into the role of chairman and CEO, knowing that he will balance the company's focus on technical markets with the pursuit of new activities that accelerate our path to profitability."