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IBMThis won’t be of much interest to people outside of IBM but some of my colleagues in the company have asked about it so here goes….

John R. Patrick

Check mark June 1, 1967: Joined IBM in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania as a marketing trainee. Became a marketing representative in the Lehigh Valley area selling and installing IBM data processing systems.

Check markJune 1, 1969: Drafted into the United States Army and began military leave of absence.

Check markDecember 21, 1971: Returned to IBM in Bethlehem as a marketing representative

Check markDecember 1975: Regional marketing representative in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Specialized in storage products and high end laser printers. Later focused on financial analysis of I/T equipment acquisition.

Check markAugust 1976: Marketing manager in Philadelphia. Managed a team focused on the Insurance industry.

Check markNovember 1977: Executive Assistant to Regional Manager in Mid-Atlantic HQ.

Check markMarch 1979: Branch Manager for IBM’s Distribution and Utilities customers in Philadelphia.

Check markFebruary 1981: Corporate HQ organization consultant. Helped develop strategy for a major reorganization of the company.

Check markNovember 1981: Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer of IBM in Armonk, New York.

Check markFebruary 1982: Corporate HQ financial consultant. Developed the original financial models to set up the leasing business.

Check markMay 1982: Director of Pricing for the IBM Credit Corporation. Founded ICC along with two other executives.

Check markJuly 1985: Division Controller, IBM National Marketing Division, Atlanta, Georgia.

Check markJuly 1987: Director, Rolm Systems/IBM integration office. Coordinated IBM’s acquisition of Rolm Systems.

Check mark August 1987: Vice President – Finance, National Service Division, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. CFO for IBM’s maintenance and services business.

Check markApril 1988: Vice President – Service Offerings, National Service Division, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

Check markSeptember 1988: Group Director of Planning, Information Systems Group, Ryebrook, New York. Finance and planning for North American field operations.

Check markJanuary 1990: Vice President – Operations, Industrial Sector Division, Milford, Connecticut. Managed computer integrated manufacturing systems business.

Check markApril 1992: Vice President – Marketing, Personal Systems Group. Developed and launched ThinkPad and ValuePoint PC brands.

Check mark June 1, 1992: This important date marks 25 years John Patrick has spent with IBM and entry into IBM’S Quarter Century Club. Down through the years IBM’s Quarter Century Club has honored employees who have attained 25 years of service with the company. The very first gathering of the Quarter Century Club took place on June 21, 1924 in Atlantic City, N.J. Some 42 IBMers joined the Club as charter members that day, including 15 men with 30 or more years in IBM and its predecessor companies. First in seniority was Otto E. Braitmayer, with 35 years of service, who had been vice president of the Tabulating Machine Company. A collection of Quarter Century Club letters to John Patrick from colleagues may be viewed here.

Check markFebruary 1993: Vice President – Marketing, Personal Software Products. Managed OS/2 and LAN Server marketing.
Check markNovember 1993: Systems Marketing Director, Corporate HQ, Armonk, New York. Marketing strategy for IBM Corporate technology plans.

Check markJanuary 1995: Vice President – Communications, Networked Applications Services Division, Thornwood, New York. Developed beginnings of network centric computing strategy.

Check markJune 1995: Vice President – Internet Applications, Networked Applications Services Division, Thornwood, New York. Developed beginnings of Internet strategy.

Check markDecember 1995: Vice President – Internet Technology, Internet Division, Somers, New York.

Check markJanuary 2000: Vice President – Internet Technology, Enterprise Systems Group, Somers, New York.

Check markNovember 2001: Net Attitude released by Perseus Publishing

Check markDecember 3 2001: Officially retired from IBM. A retirement letter from Dr. Wladawsky-Berger to John Patrick may be read here. A collection of e-tirement e-tributes to John Patrick from colleagues and friends may be viewed here. A picture from the e-tirement party is here.

Check markJanuary 1, 2002: Started phase 2. See chief dreamer page.