Louis H. LaMotteLouis LaMotte served as IBM's vice president of sales and later as the general manager of the Data Processing Division.

The following is the excerpted text of an IBM biography published in December 1983.


L. H. LaMotte was made a member of the IBM Advisory Board in June 1972.

Mr. LaMotte began his IBM career in 1922 as a systems serviceman in New York. He served in a number of sales and managerial positions until 1931 when he was appointed vice president of the Tabulating Machine Company Division. In 1933 he became general manager of the Electric Accounting Machine Division and was made Washington IBM manager in 1937.

He was elected an IBM vice president in 1943 and in 1952 was promoted to vice president in charge of sales. In 1954 he was named executive vice president, and was appointed executive vice president and general manager of the Data Processing Division in 1956. Prior to his election as chairman of the executive and finance committee, he was executive vice president and special assistant to the IBM president. Mr. LaMotte retired in 1961. He served as chairman of the executive compensation committee from 1964 to 1971, and as an IBM director from 1952 to 1971, and as an IBM Honorary Director from 1971 to 1972.

Mr. LaMotte is a director emeritus of First National Bank of Venice, Venice, Florida, and an honorary trustee of Hilton Head Hospital, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; member of Board, Island Investment Corporation, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Mr. LaMotte was born in Westminister, Md., on March 29, 1896, and was educated at Harvard University.