Jack Bowsher

Someone San Diego Should Know: Jack Bowsher

The chief executive officer of IBM liked Jack Bowsher’s ideas so much he gave him nearly a billion dollars to put them into practice worldwide. It all started when Bowsher turned down an offer from the mammoth U.S. Steel Corp. and joined the much smaller IBM because he thought working with a new technology called computers might be more interesting. IBM was a leader in innovation (its employees held more patents that any other U.S. company) and it had a conservative corporate culture (dark suits, no flashy ties). Bowsher’s suits matched and so did his penchant for innovation.
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