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Retired from IBM, Al Lun has worked in the computer industry for over 3 decades. He has worked in technology development in various capacities including architecture, project management, software/hardware development and people management.

Active in Rochester-area philanthropic boards, Al is also building out the Community Beam website to co-create a healthy and inclusive community where opportunity and responsibility are broadly shared to co-create a New Earth that values the balancing of intuition and logic to benefit all sentient beings.

He believes in the 4P principle of running an organization: People, Process, Product, Profit, in that order. And People must be first.


He believes in the 4P principle of running an organization: People, Process, Product, Profit, in that order. And people must be first. Putting people first in 4P is quite like Jim Collin's argument in his book Good To Great asking leaders to focus on "First, who...then, what."


At IBM, Rochester, Al was involved in many people- oriented projects including championing workforce diversity, culture awareness and role modeling the servant-leader style of leadership--founding the Leadership Practice Group  (LPG)  to foster the practice of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. 

He has many years of business development experience for IBM with international companies in US, Asia and Europe. Working with several major Japanese and American storage manufacturers, he was instrumental in the industry's successful launching of the use of consumer-based video recording technologies for commercial data storage.


Al has contributed to IBM's 6 sigma quality process when IBM Rochester won the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Award. And in many of his project/product management assignments in recent years, he has advocated for process re-engineering and has architected and developed collaboration, content management software to facilitate more efficient workflow.


In hardware engineering, Al has led storage subsystem (RAID 5) and mid-range (AS/400) systems development. In software engineering, Al has led large Java projects such as SanFrancisco, WebSphere Business Components, problem determination standards and Tivoli monitoring solutions. He had spoken in industry conferences on knowledge management, in particular the use of IBM Text Analyzer, an artificial intelligent text mining engine that can be trained to categorize and discover meaning and knowledge from non-structured data such as emails or ad hoc content stored in information bases.


Al has led programs and projects at IBM. He found that teams that took care of people and paid attention to process would build compelling products and generate good profit.
The 9337 RAID storage product line was a significant revenue generator for IBM and one of the most successful in the storage market.


Personal Profile

  • BA, Information Science and Applied Physics, University California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • Master of Science, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Oregon State University (OSU)
  • Advanced Communicator, Toastmasters International (r)

In his spare time, he enjoys reading, listening to music, volunteering and playing the piano.

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