Jim Manzi

Former CEO of Lotus Development Corp., Born: 1952


  • B.A. in Classics, Colgate University, 1973
  • M.A. in International Economics, Tufts University

CJim Manzi (1952- ), former CEO of Lotus Development Corp. Jim Manzi received a B.A. in Classics from Colgate University (1973). After graduating from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University with a masters in International Economics, he became a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.

In 1983, Manzi joined Lotus to lead the start-up company's marketing efforts. In 1984, he became its President, another year later its Chairman and CEO. He led the company during the development of Lotus Notes, a revolutionary software program that enabled the then-new concept of "workgroup" computing. In 1995, Lotus was sold to IBM for $3.5 billion.

Since then, Manzi has been involved in the creation and development of numerous technology start-up ventures with his investment company, Stonegate Capital. In 2003, when Manzi was inducted into the CRN Industry Hall of Fame, he served as chairman of Interwise, a Cambridge, Mass.-based Web conferencing and e-learning company, and Fresh Direct, a New York-area online grocery service. Most recently (Jan. 2006), he invested in and joined the board of directors of Gather.com, a Web site that serves as a gateway to user-generated content.