Previously, Dr. Spector was Vice President of Strategy and Technology at IBM's Software Business, responsible for Technical and Business Strategy, various technical/business initiatives, standards, and software engineering across the worldwide software group. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Services and Software Research for IBM, and General Manager of the Transaction Processing Software Business.
Dr. Spector was the founder and CEO of Transarc Corporation, a pioneer in distributed transaction processing and wide area file systems, and was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, specializing in highly reliable, highly scalable distributed computing. Dr. Spector received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford and his A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the IEEE and ACM, and the recipient of the 2001 IEEE Computer Society's Tsutomu Kanai Award for work in scalable architectures and distributed systems. He is married to Dr. Rhonda Kost and a father of three young children.