Posted Aug. 25, 2014 at 5:42 a.m.

Premium Lock Former IBM chief John Akers dies at 79

Published: 2014-08-25 05:42:53
Updated: 2014-08-25 05:42:53

Dec. 28, 1934 - Aug. 22, 2014 John F. Akers was named CEO of IBM in February 1985. In June 1986 he assumed the additional position of board chairman. He retired from both positions in April 1993 after 33 years of service with IBM. (IBM photo)

John Akers, chief executive officer for IBM during the 80s and early 90s, died Friday. He was 79 years old....

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Last true company man before the bean counters came in and ultimately wrecked the company while claiming to save it. IBM today is a sad vestige of what it once was and could easily have retained it's IT dominance with slight adjustments, better vision, and management instead of the massive bloodletting it has endured. Classic example of a company that grew too big, lost focus on the innovation that made it so good, and descended into an upending spiral of self-consumption while everyone sliced up the pieces, until all that's left is the brand.
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