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Ken King

General Manager, OpenPOWER, IBM


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Ken King is General Manager, OpenPOWER, for IBM Systems Group. Ken is responsible for building and managing the ecosystem of partners innovating with IBM on top of the POWER architecture.  This includes chip, system, ODM, OEM and software partners globally, as well as go-to-market channel development and government partnerships.   

Prior to his current position, Ken was the General Manager of Intellectual Property (IP) and Vice President of Research Business Development for IBM. He was responsible for IBM’s IP business, including technology licensing, patent licensing and sales, joint development and research collaborations across the corporation globally.  He previously served as Vice President, Patents, Software and Services Intellectual Property Licensing where he was responsible for managing IBM’s patent leadership and commercially monetizing IBM’s patent portfolio. 

Since joining IBM in 1984, Ken has held a variety of leadership roles across the company, including acquisition integration (Telelogic Corporation), managing systems engineering initiatives (Rational), and business line management (Grid Computing). He also held key positions in Corporate Strategy, technical strategy for Software Group, and contributed to software and solution development as well as First-of-a-Kind solutions with IBM Research.  Ken was Chairman of IBM’s Open Source steering Committee for two years.

Ken currently serves as a Board Member for the Open Invention Network (OIN) company.