Mr. Nicholas M. Donofrio
Board Member Since 2010
Mr. Nicholas M. Donofrio is a 44-year IBM veteran who led IBM's technology and innovation strategies from 1997 to 2008 as senior vice president of technology and manufacturing and as executive vice president for innovation and technology. Before his retirement in 2008, Mr. Donofrio was responsible for IBM Research, Governmental Programs, Technical Support & Quality, Corporate Community Relations, as well as Environmental Health & Product Safety. He also led the development and retention of IBM's technical staff. Additionally, Mr. Donofrio served as vice chairman of the IBM International Foundation and chairman of the Board of Governors for the IBM Academy of Technology. He was elected an IBM Fellow, the company's highest technical honor, in 2008.
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. Hired full-time in 1967, he spent the early part of his career in integrated circuit and chip development as a designer of logic and memory chips. He held numerous technical management and executive positions in several of IBM's product divisions and led many of the company's major development and manufacturing teams—from semiconductor and storage technologies, to microprocessors and personal computers, to IBM's entire family of servers.
In 2008, Mr. Donofrio received the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration's Gold Medal, the first presented to a non-U.S. government employee. The same year, he received the National Security Agency's Director's Memento of Esteem for substantial contributions to the Department of Defense. He was selected one of BusinessWeek's 25 Top Innovation Champions in 2006. IndustryWeek named him Technology Leader of the Year in 2003.
An advocate for advancing education, employment, and career opportunities for minorities and women, Mr. Donofrio served for many years on the board of directors for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and was board chair from 1997 to 2002. He was a long-time board member of INROADS, a non-profit organization focused on training minority youth for professional careers in business and industry. In 2005, the U.S. Department of Education appointed him to the Commission on the Future of Higher Education, a 20-member delegation of business and university leaders charged with developing a national strategy for post-secondary education to meet the needs of America's diverse population and workforce. He is a senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation and board co-chair of the New York Hall of Science, the city's only hands-on science and technology center.
A holder of seven U.S. technology patents, Mr. Donofrio is a fellow of the UK-based Royal Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the IEEE. In 2010, he was named a member of the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. He is a member of the U.S.-based National Academy of Engineering; a member of the board of directors of the Bank of New York/Mellon; a member of the Republic of China's Advisory Board of Science and Technology; a member of the board of trustees of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; a member of the board of directors of Liberty Mutual; a member of the board of directors of AMD; and a member of the board of managers of Delphi Automotive LLP.
He holds a master's degree and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, respectively. He has received honorary doctorates from Marist College, Pace University, Polytechnic University, the University of Warwick, UK, and the University of Edinburgh, UK.