Santa Clara University

Mike Denzel

General Partner, McKenna Ventures

Mike Denzel is a General Partner of McKenna Ventures, an early stage investment company. Mike currently splits his time between looking for new investments and working with the portfolio companies. Mike screens early-stage companies and performs due diligence on prospects. After investment, Mike acts as an advisor to the company or takes a board position, depending on the needs of the company.


Prior to joining McKenna Ventures, Mike led a team of world-class marketing professionals at Quantum Corporation, the world leader in the ultra-competitive desktop hard disk drive market. At Quantum, Denzel was responsible for P&L for the OEM business. In this role, he was responsible for customer satisfaction at Apple, Acer, Compaq, Dell, eMachines, Gateway, HP, IBM and NEC, as well as other leading PC manufacturers. During his leadership, unit shipments almost doubled to a 20 million unit annual rate representing $1.8 billion, expanding Quantum's dominant position in the desktop PC OEM business. Denzel's team achieved unprecedented levels of customer satisfaction combined with consistent profitability.


Prior to Quantum, Mike worked at Maxtor Corporation in a series of jobs of increasing accountability in the Sales and Marketing areas, at a time when Maxtor was the world's largest hard disk drive company. Early in his career, Denzel worked at Varian Associates, excelling in Engineering, Manufacturing, Operations and Marketing.


Mike supports the community by serving on a school board, church board, and coaching youth sports. He is also as active supporter of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and other local charities, along with his wife, Meghan. A native of Western New York, Denzel earned his BS in Industrial Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo and his MBA at Santa Clara University.