RSA Data Security Inc. said Yoshiharu Yamanaka has been named president of its Japanese affiliate, Nihon RSA KK.

Mr. Yamanaka was also named vice president of Japan operations for Security Dynamics Technologies Inc., RSA's parent company in Bedford, Mass. The executive was formerly president and chief executive officer of Cheyenne Software KK, which was acquired by Computer Associates International's Japanese subsidiary. Before that he worked for Tandem Computers Inc.

RSA, a leader in commercial cryptography technology, formed Nihon in 1996. Investors in it include Matsushita Electric, NTT Electronics, NEC Corp., Sony Corp., Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Ltd., and Sumitomo Bank Ltd.

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