Nicholas Donofrio

Biography

Nick Donofrio is a 44-year IBM veteran who led IBM’s technology and innovation strategies from 1997 until his retirement in October 2008. He also was vice chairman of the IBM International Foundation and chairman of the Board of Governors for the IBM Academy of Technology. Mr. Donofrio’s most recent responsibilities included IBM Research, Governmental Programs, Technical Support & Quality, Corporate Community Relations, as well as Environmental Health & Product Safety. Also reporting to Mr. Donofrio were the senior executives responsible for IBM’s enterprise on demand transformation. Mr. Donofrio led the development and retention of IBM’s technical population and enriched that community with a diversity of culture and thought. In 2008, IBM Chairman Sam Palmisano elected him as an IBM Fellow, the company’s highest technical honor. Mr. Donofrio joined IBM as a college co-op student in 1964 and worked on the memory technology for the legendary IBM System/360 mainframe computing system. In 1999 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in Engineering from Polytechnic University. In 2002 he received an honorary doctorate in Sciences from the University of Warwick in England. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in Technology from Marist College, and in 2006 he received an honorary doctorate in Sciences from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Pace University awarded him an honorary doctorate in Sciences in 2009, and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth awarded him an honorary doctorate in Sciences in 2010. He is the holder of seven technology patents and is a member of numerous technical and science honor societies. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Fellow of the UK-based Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the US-based National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Board of Directors for the Bank of New York/Mellon, a member of the Republic of China’s Science and Technology Advisory Group Board, a member of the Board of Trustees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a member of the Board of Directors of Liberty Mutual, a member of the Board of Directors of AMD, a member of the Board of Managers of the Delphi Company, a member of the Board of Trustees of The MITRE Corporation and a Senior Fellow of the Kauffman Foundation. In 2010, Mr. Donofrio became a member of the U. S. Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board (SEAB).

Visionary Work

Security & Society, A Global Innovation Outlook Report. (c) 2008 International Business Machines Corporation.

Creating Real Value Through Innovation, Transformation, and Continuous Change. (c) 2006 International Business Machines Corporation.