Richard Thomas


Adjunct Associate Professor in the Pratt School of Engineering

Richard worked at IBM Corp for 40 years in various software, hardware and Cloud Computing roles; including microcode, enterprise software and cloud services development. During his tenure at IBM, Richard managed geography-wide Sales teams, cross-functional development organizations and worldwide marketing and product management teams in businesses as wide ranging as IBM’s mainframe franchise, datacenter systems and network management software, middleware software and cloud computing infrastructure services. Richard was part of the entrepreneurial team who created IBM’s entry into the Cloud Computing market and directly managed the initial IBM-wide portfolio of new Cloud Computing products and services.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Adjunct Associate Professor in the Pratt School of Engineering

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 110 Science Dr, Box 90271, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5455
  • Email Address:


  • M.B.A. Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, 1993

Courses Taught

  • EGRMGMT 512: Product Management in High-Tech Companies
  • MENG 570: Business Fundamentals for Engineers