Name: Thomas Watson
Born: February 17, 1874, Campbell, New York, USA
Death: June 19, 1956 (Age: 82)
- Chairman and CEO of International Business Machines (IBM) who developed its distinctive management style and corporate culture.
- Oversaw IBM's growth from 1914 to 1956 and turned the company into a highly-effective selling organization, based largely around punched card tabulating machines.
- He was one of the richest men of his time and was called the world's greatest salesman when he died in 1956.
Honors and awards
- TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people of the 20th century (1998).
- Called "the greatest capitalist in history" by Fortune Magazine (1987).
- Inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame (1976).
- Vermilye Medal (1967).
- Presidential Medal of Freedom by Lyndon B. Johnson (1964).
"The way to succeed is to double your error rate."
"Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops."
"My father and I had terrible fights. He seemed like a blanket that covered everything. I really wanted to beat him but also make him proud of me."