John Swainson serves as president, Software, for Dell. In this role, he is responsible for building software capabilities and providing greater innovation and organizational support in the delivery of end-to-end IT solutions to Dell customers. The Software group adds to Dell enterprise solutions capabilities, accelerates profitable growth and further differentiates the company by increasing its solutions portfolio with Dell-owned intellectual property.
Prior to joining Dell in 2012, John was senior advisor to Silver Lake, a global private equity firm, and sat on a number of boards, including Broadcom, Assurant, Cadence Design Systems and Serena Software. From early 2005 to the end of 2009, he was CEO and director of CA Technologies, a Fortune 500 enterprise software company.
Before joining CA Technologies, John worked for IBM for more than 26 years, where he held various management positions in the U.S. and Canada, including seven years as general manager of the Application Integration Middleware Division, a business he founded in 1997. During that period, he and his team developed the WebSphere family of middleware products and Eclipse open source tools. He also led the IBM worldwide software sales organization and held numerous senior leadership roles in engineering, marketing and sales management.
John earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He currently serves on the board of Visa Inc.