Jack Kuehler was IBM's president and vice chairman of the board in the early-1990s.
The following is the text of a corporate biography published in February 1993.
Jack D. Kuehler, Vice Chairman, and member of the IBM Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, the Corporate Management Board and the Management Committee, joined IBM as an associate engineer at the company's San Jose California Research Laboratory in 1958.
He advanced through various technical and managerial positions in Research, the former Advanced Systems Development Division and the former Systems Development Division. In 1967, he was appointed director of the Raleigh Communications Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. In 1970, he became director of the San Jose and Menlo Park development laboratories.
Mr. Kuehler was appointed vice president, technical operations, when the General Products Division was formed in September 1972, and became vice president, development in 1974. In April 1977, he was named assistant group executive, systems development, of the former Data Processing Product Group.
He became president of the Systems Products Division when that division was formed in August 1978 and was elected an IBM vice president in September 1980. He was named president of the General Technology Division in November 1980 when it was formed.
He was named Information Systems and Technology Group executive in December 1981. He was elected IBM senior vice president in May 1982. He was named a member of the Corporate Management Board and the Business Operations Committee in March 1983. In February 1985, he assumed corporate executive responsibility for worldwide development and U.S. manufacturing. He was elected a member of the board of directors in January 1986, executive vice president in March 1987, and was named Vice Chairman of the Board and a member of the Executive Committee in January 1988. He was elected President in May 1989 and resumed the title of Vice Chairman in 1993.
His outside activities include being a member of the National Academy of Engineering; a trustee of Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California; a Fellow of the IEEE; a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; a member of the Board of Directors of Olin Corporation; a member of the Board of Directors of Aetna Life and Casualty Company, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers; a member of the Board of Directors of Taligent Inc.; a member of the MIT's Visiting Committee for Sponsored Research; and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.
Mr. Kuehler holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University. In addition, he holds an honorary doctorate of science from Clarkson University and an honorary doctorate of engineering science from Santa Clara University.