Kaspar V. CassaniKaspar Cassani was the chairman and president of the IBM World Trade Corporation.

The following is the text of a corporate biography published in November 1988.


Kaspar V. Cassani joined IBM Switzerland in 1951, and was transferred in 1967 to the headquarters of IBM Europe in Paris, where shortly afterwards he became director of marketing.

In 1970, he was assigned to IBM World Trade Headquarters in the U.S. as director of product line. He returned to IBM Europe in 1971.

Mr. Cassani was named chairman of IBM World Trade Europe/Middle East/Africa Corporation in December 1981 and became IBM senior vice president in May 1982. He became a member of IBM's Management Committee and was named an executive vice president of IBM and chairman of the board and president of the IBM World Trade Corporation on March 31, 1987. In May 1987, he was elected a member of the board of directors of IBM. In January 1988, he was named vice chairman of the IBM board. He relinquished that position in November 1988 in anticipation of his planned retirement in mid-1989.

He is a board member of Ciba-Geigy AG, Basel, Switzerland and the Zurich Insurance Group, Zurich, Switzerland, and Air Products, Allentown, Pennsylvania. He serves also on the Board of Trustees of IMEDE in Lausanne, Switzerland.