SmartDisk Corp. has named Robert L. Protheroe senior vice president of development and engineering.

Mr. Protheroe serves as liaison to SmartDisk's Japanese headquarters and manages relationships with the company's Japanese partners, Toshiba Corp. and Hitachi Inc.

He will also play a key role in future acquisitions and support SmartDisk's engineering and development efforts, the company said.

Before joining SmartDisk, Mr. Protheroe was vice president of engineering at IVI/Checkmate Electronics Inc., an Atlanta-based manufacturer of point of sale systems.

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