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Zisman, Michael D.

Dr. Michael D. Zisman functions as a managing director, operations, at Internet Capital Group and is a member of the Company's Board of Directors. Before retiring from IBM in 2004, Zisman was vice president of corporate strategy and focused on IBM's On Demand strategy. Previous to this position, he was General Manager of Storage Software for the IBM Storage Systems Group. This position followed his post as Vice President of Emerging Business Development, reporting to the IBM Vice Chairman. Zisman was also in the IBM Software Group and led IBM's entry into the knowledge management market and distributed learning market. Prior to that, Zisman served as CEO of Lotus Development Corporation, shortly after Lotus was acquired by IBM. During his tenure at IBM, Zisman served on the IBM Worldwide Management Council and the IBM Corporate Technology Council.

Before joining IBM, Zisman was Senior Vice President of the Lotus Communications Products Group. He joined Lotus in 1994 after the Company's acquisition of Soft-Switch, Inc., a software firm that he founded in 1979 and headed until that acquisition. Prior to founding Soft-Switch, he was a member of the faculty at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is a trustee of Lehigh University, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra Board of Directors, a member of the Main Line Health Board of Governors, an overseer of the Penn School of Engineering and Applied Science, and member of the Advisory Board of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering at Lehigh. He also serves on the Boards of a number of ICG partner companies.

Lehigh

Zisman earned a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Lehigh University, the master of science in systems engineering and Ph.D. in decisions sciences both from the University of Pennsylvania. While at Lehigh, Zisman was a member of Tau Epsilon Phi.

Zisman and his wife, Linda Gamble, have four children and live in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

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Degree: BS chemical engineering

Graduation: 1970

Notable Achievement: Managing director, operations, at Internet Capital Group