Nicholas deB. KatzenbachNick Katzenbach was IBM's senior vice president, law and external relations in the 1980s.

The following is the text of a corporate biography published in March 1985.


Nicholas deB. Katzenbach was elected vice president and general counsel of International Business Machines Corporation in January 1969. He was elected a director in November 1970 and a senior vice president in June 1979. He was named a member of the Corporate Management Board in March 1983. He was named senior vice president, law and external relations in March 1985.

Mr. Katzenbach was formerly U.S. Under Secretary of State, a post he was appointed to in 1966. Previously he had been U.S. Attorney General from 1965 to 1966; Acting Attorney General in 1964; Deputy Attorney General from 1962 to 1964; and Assistant Attorney General from 1961 to 1962.

Before joining the Justice Department, Mr. Katzenbach was a professor of law at the University of Chicago from 1956 to 1960, and an associate professor at the Yale Law School from 1952 to 1956.

Mr. Katzenbach graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and enrolled at Princeton University, but left to join the Army Air Force during World War II. Returning to Princeton after the war, he completed his studies and later received an LL.B. degree from Yale Law School. He then won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University from 1947 to 1949.

In 1950, Mr. Katzenbach entered private law practice in Trenton, N.J. He later went to the Pentagon to serve as attorney-advisor and consultant in the Office of the General Counsel to the Secretary of the Air Force.

Mr. Katzenbach is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association and the American Judicature Society.