John Lovitt

Vice President, Rational Software (retired)

Santa Clara, CA

About John Lovitt

John Lovitt is an investor and advisor to technology startup companies, with a focus on issues related to technology adoption. John was a senior executive with Rational Software from 1986 to 2003 with roles including VP Worldwide Services, and Senior VP Worldwide Field Operations. Rational software (now part of IBM) helps organizations by improving their software development capability. John played a key role in shaping Rational's team oriented approach to achieving customer results by accelerating adoption of tools and best practices.

Prior to joining Rational, he was with Hewlett-Packard for 13 years. John earned a Master of Science degree in computer science from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly UMR), taking night classes at the St. Louis Engineering Education Center while working at McDonnell Douglas. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from Wichita State University.

John and his wife Diane are members of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh at Missouri S&T. They live in the San Francisco Bay area, where they are active with Habitat for Humanity. They have taught leadership and entrepreneurship at summer programs for international high school students in Eastern Europe and China.