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John M. Thompson, BESc'66, LLD'94

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Non-executive Chairman of the Board TD Financial Group

John M. Thompson is the non-executive Chairman of the Board of TD Bank Financial Group. He is the retired executive Vice Chairman of the Board of the IBM Corporation, where he had oversight responsibility for worldwide technology, manufacturing and business strategy.

Thompson began his IBM career in Canada as a systems engineer in 1966. He held a variety of management jobs, before being elected Chief Executive Officer of IBM Canada in 1986. In January 1991, he moved to the USA, charged with developing IBM's strategy for entering the services business. Subsequently, Thompson ran IBM’s worldwide computer hardware business and IBM’s software operations before being elected Vice Chairman of the Board.

He is a graduate of Western University with a degree in Engineering Science. He also completed executive management programs at Western and the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at Western in 1994.

Thompson has served as Chairman of the Board of TD Bank Financial Group since April 2003 and is a director of Thomson Reuters Corporation and Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Philips Electronics NV. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of the Hospital for Sick Children and a director of the Atlantic Salmon Federation. He was named Chancellor of Western in April, 2008.

Thompson is a previous director of the Conference Board of Canada and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He served on past Premier of Ontario’s Councils for education reform, human resources reform and industrial policy. In 2013, he was appointed as an Officer to the Order of Canada.


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