John R. Patrick

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John R. Patrick

John Russell Patrick (August 5, 1945 - ) is a business executive and innovative leader in the information technology industry. During his tenure as a vice president at IBM, he helped launch the IBM ThinkPad and the OS/2 operating system and was later an influential force behind IBM’s early adoption of the Internet and World Wide Web.

Education and Personal Facts[edit]

Patrick was born in Salem, New Jersey, the son of Robert V. Patrick and Virginia Russell. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University in 1967, a Master of Science in management science from the University of South Florida in 1971, and a Bachelor of Laws from LaSalle Extension University in 1973. He served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971. He earned a doctor of health administration degree at the University of Phoenix in March 2014. He and his wife Joanne have four children and five grandchildren.[1]

IBM Years[edit]

Patrick joined IBM in 1967 and spent the first half of his employment there in various sales, marketing and management positions. In 1992 he became Vice President of Marketing for Personal Systems and in 1995 was named Vice President of Internet Technology, a position he held until his retirement in 2001.
In 1982, Patrick was one of the developers of the IBM Credit Corporation; today it is the largest computer leasing company in the world.[2] In 1992 he helped form the IBM PC Company that launched the IBM ThinkPad. In February 1993 he was named marketing vice president for the IBM unit that launched the OS/2 operating system.

In 1995 Patrick led the team that created IBM’s intranet and the IBM.com website. Patrick also formed an internal group called “WebAhead,” that pioneered a Java-based corporate directory and an instant messaging system.[3] He was also instrumental in creating alphaWorks,[2] IBM’s online research and development laboratory for advanced Internet technology and created the “Get Connected” program to expand the use of the Internet both within the company and to serve as a model for other companies.[3]


Concurrent to his employment at IBM, Patrick was involved in other technological initiatives. In December 1994, he was one of the founding sponsors of the World Wide Web Consortium at MIT. He was an early advocate of developing standards for content (Internet Content Rating Association) and privacy (p3P and TRUSTe). Later in 1994 he became a founding board member of Terisa Systems, a joint venture of RSA Data Security Inc. (RSA) and Enterprise Integration Technologies Corp. (EIT) to support technologies for secure Internet transactions. In 1995 he was a founding member and subsequent chairman of the Global Internet Project, an organization whose primary goal was to promote industry actions that would minimize the need for government regulation of the Internet.[2] In 1996 Patrick helped form Internet 2, a consortium of over 320 research universities and companies created to build a next-generation Internet. In 1998 he supported creation of the International Corporation for the Assignment of Names and Numbers, a non-profit global organization that enabled the Internet to continue growing without the disruption of regulation.

Attitude LLC[edit]

In 2001 he published Net Attitude. That same year, he founded Attitude LLC, and is currently engaged as a board director, speaker, and writer.[4]

Honors and Awards[edit]

  • In 1999 Network World named Patrick one of “the 25 most powerful people in networking…Whatever mistakes IBM has made in its 88-year history, it has redeemed itself in the eyes of the Internet, thanks in large part to John Patrick.”[5]
  • Fast Company’s story “IBM’s Grassroots Revival” said “Patrick wrote a manifesto called ‘Get Connected.’ It identified six principles that would reshape industries and reinvent companies. ‘Get Connected’ got results and Patrick turned that energy into a movement.”[6]
  • “R&D Stars to Watch | Industry Week" named Patrick among thirty individuals who drive innovation and provide the initial spark to economic growth.[7]
  • Business 2.0 named him as one of the industry’s most intriguing minds.
  • In 2008 he was named an IEEE Fellow “in recognition of his leadership in technical and policy development of the World Wide Web”[8]

Professional Memberships[edit]

Publications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who's Who in Science and Engineering 2008-2009 (Marquis, 2009), 1395
  2. ^ a b c John Patrick/IBM
  3. ^ a b Gary Hamel, "Waking Up IBM." Harvard Business Review, July–August, 2000
  4. ^ "John Patrick: the fine art of blogging." Business Strategy Review, Vol. 13, no. 3, 1-2 (2002)
  5. ^ John Patrick, 12/27/99
  6. ^ http://www.fastcompany.com/32902/ibms-grassroots-revival
  7. ^ http://www.industryweek.com/companies-amp-executives/rd-stars-watch]
  8. ^ Knovel Director John Patrick Named IEEE Fellow
  9. ^ Who's Who in Science and Engineering 2008-2009

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