Jack D. Kuehler
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - Jack D. Kuehler, an electrical engineer who became the highest ranking technologist at IBM and served as the company's vice chairman during the 1980s when IBM dominated the global high-tech industry, died Saturday. He was 76.
Kuehler died as a result of complications from Parkinson's disease in Rancho Santa Fe, his daughter Christi Kuehler Chappell said Thursday.
Kuehler's achievements include guiding IBM into the open-standards PC workstation business, which resulted in a computing platform that is still the foundation of the company's designs today. He was also key in forging IBM's alliances with Intel and Hitachi, as well as the creation of Sematech, an industry-government alliance founded in 1987 to help save the U.S. semiconductor industry.
He later teamed up IBM with Apple and Motorola, a partnership that resulted in the PowerPC microprocessor that became the basis for Apple computers from 1994 to 2006.