Armonk (NY) – Following a long illness, Jack Kuehler who led IBM to major worldwide successes in the 1980s, essentially re-inventing the company, has died. He is survived by his wife, five children and 12 grandchildren.
Kuehler was an electrical engineer. He dealt primarily with moving IBM into the form of open-standards, x86-based PC we all know and love (the original IBM PC). Because of Kuehler, the PC came to the market as a configurable, expandable machine with a wide array of performance and storage configurations.
He also helped bring the United States into the forefront of semiconductor research by aligning Intel with Hitachi, helping form Sematech (an industry/government semiconductor co-op), as well as helping Apple create a partnership with Motorola to create PowerPC based computers (which were inside Macs from 1994 to 2006, before Apple switched to Intel-based CPUs).
He joined IBM in 1958 at the San Jose Research Laboratory. He was elected Senior VP in 1982, and vice chairman in 1988. He was elected president in May, 1989, later returning to his vice chairman role in 1993.
Read his biography on IBM’s website.