Bill Lowe played a key role in the development of IBM's personal systems business, including his service as president of the company's Entry Systems Division from March 1985 to December 1988.
The following is the text of a corporate biography published in January 1988.
William C. Lowe is an IBM vice president and president of the Entry Systems Division which has worldwide development, product management and U.S. manufacturing responsibility for IBM's general purpose, low-cost, personal-use computer systems, graphics workstations and related software.
He joined IBM in 1962 as a product test engineer in Endicott, New York. In 1975, he was named director of development and manufacturing operations for the General Systems Division in Atlanta, Georgia. In January 1977, he was appointed director of strategic development for GSD and, later that year, administrative assistant to the division's president.
In January 1978, Mr. Lowe was named systems manager, entry level systems, for GSD in Boca Raton, Florida, and in November, lab director for the site. In March 1981, he was appointed a vice president of the Information Systems Division and general manager of the IBM's Rochester, Minnesota, facility. In 1982, he became vice president, systems, and later, development, for the System Products Division in White Plains, N.Y. Prior to becoming president of ESD in March 1985, he was assistant group executive for the Information Systems and Communications Group, a position he assumed in August 1983. He was elected an IBM vice president in January 1986.
Mr. Lowe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania. He is on the board of trustees at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, New York.