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Computer company executive

John R. Patrick, American computer company executive. Achievements include developed and launched ThinkPad and ValuePoint PC Brands in 1992. Named one of Industry's Most Intriguing Minds, Business 2.0, 25 Most Powerful People in Networking, Network World, Top 30 People Who Drive Innovation and Provide the Initial Spark to Economic Growth, Industry Week.


Patrick, John was born on November 11, 1945 in Enfield, Middlesex, England. Son of John T. and Joyce M. Patrick.


Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Lehigh University, 1967. Master of Science in Management Science, University South Florida, 1971. Bachelor of Laws, LaSalle University, 1973.


Marketing trainee International Business Machines Corporation, Pennsylvania, 1967—1969, marketing representative Bethlehem, 1971—1975, regional marketing representative, 1975—1976, marketing manager, 1976—1977, executive assistant to regional manager, Mid-Atlantic, 1977—1979, branch manager, distribution & utilities customers, 1979—1981, corporation headquarters organization consultant, 1981, executive assistant to Chief Financial Officer Armonk, New York, 1981—1982, corporation headquarters finance consultant, 1982. Director, pricing International Business Machines Corporation Credit Corporation (subsidiary International Business Machines Corporation), 1982—1985. Division controller, International Business Machines Corporation National Marketing Division International Business Machines Corporation, 1985—1987, director, Rolm Systems, International Business Machines Corporation Integration office, 1987, vice president finance, National Service Division, Chief Financial Officer, maintenance & services business Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, 1987—1988, vice president, service offerings, National Service Division, 1988, group director, planning, Information Systems Group Ryebrook, New York, 1988—1990, vice president, operations, industrial sector division Milford, Connecticut, 1990—1992, vice president, marketing, personal system group, 1992—1993, vice president, marketing, personal software products, 1993, system marketing director Armonk, New York, 1993—1995, vice president, communications, networked applications services division Thornwood, 1995, vice president, Internet technical, internet division Somers, 1995—2000, vice president, Internet technical, enterprise system group, 2001.

President Attitude LLC, since 2002. Founding member, former chairman Global Internet Project. Advisor, member, sounding board Guidewire Group.

Board directors Jupitermedia Corporation. Founder, president & board directors localKind.org. Speaker in field; board advisor Space.com, IntraLinks, Neoteny, Third Age Media.

Founding member World Wide Web Consortium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994. Board directors Opera Software ASA, 2002—2007, Knovel Corporation, since 2002, Webmedia Brands Inc., since 2002. Drafted United States Army, 1969-1971.


  • Achievements include developed and launched ThinkPad and ValuePoint PC Brands in 1992.


Director, committee member, board director policy & technical committee Danbury Health Systems, Inc. and Danbury Hospital. Director, board director Founders Hall. Advisor, member engineering advisory board Lehigh University.

President, board trustee Ridgefield Orchestra Foundation, Inc. Advisor, member leadership advisory board Ridgefield Playhouse. Past president Housetonic Habitat for Humanity.

Member working group on authentication Center for Strategic & International Studies. Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (senior member), Internet Society, Association for Computing Machinery, Harley Owners Group, American Motorcyclist Association.


  • Other Interests

    Motorcycling, collecting, hiking, computers, travel, music, reading, running.


Married Sherry L. Johnson. Children: Thomas E., Wendy M. Golden.

John T.

Joyce M. Patrick

Sherry L. Johnson

Thomas E. Patrick

Wendy M. Golden Patrick