About Former IBM CEO John R. Opel

John Opel, IBM's CEO from January, 1981, to January, 1985, died at the age of 86. The New York Times, in its obituary, notes that Opel managed the introduction of the System/360 in 1964.

Opel presided over IBM during one of its most prosperous periods. The IBM employees who knew him and with whom I've spoken remember him fondly. Part of that memory is undoubtedly colored by the fact that IBM cut its workforce by almost half a few years after Opel's tenure as CEO. It didn't help that IBM agreed to Microsoft's licensing terms in 1981. The rest, as they say, is history.

by Timothy Sipples November 5, 2011 in People
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