Former IBM President Jack Kuehler Dies at 76
Jack Kuehler, the former president of IBM who helped bring Big Blue into the personal computer age in the 1980s, died at the age of 76 on Dec. 20. Kuehler, who also served as vice chairman of IBM's board of directors, started as an engineer in the 1950s and steadily moved up the ranks at a time when most of the company's top executives came from the sales side of the business. In the 1980s, Kuehler helped forge the alliance between IBM, Motorola and Apple that developed the PowerPC processor, and Kuehler also ensured that IBM invested in Intel at a time when the chip company faced stiff competition from overseas.Jack Kuehler, the former president of IBM who helped bring the company into the PC era in the 1980s and who also forged strategic alliances with Intel, Apple and other IT companies at that time, died Dec. 20 at the age of 76, according to several media reports. Kuehler, who also served as vice chairman of IBM's board of directors, had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, according to obituaries in The New York Times and other media outlets.
After earning degrees in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University in California, Kuehler joined IBM in 1958 as an associate engineer and worked at the company's San Jose California Research Laboratory. From there, Kuehler steadily moved up through the ranks at IBM, eventually becoming vice chairman of the board and then president in the 1980s.