Computer Industry Expert John Medica Joins Babcock as Executive in Residence

11.14.2007 Article, School News, Science/Technology

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — John K. Medica, an industry expert in computer technology, is the Executive in Residence at the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University.

Babcock Executives in Residence are distinguished, senior executives who provide unique perspective and insights and generously share their expertise with students, faculty, staff and alumni. In addition to helping support the school’s programs in Winston-Salem and Charlotte, the Executive in Residence serves as a student mentor and project advisor.

Prior to retiring earlier this year, Medica was the senior vice president and co-leader of the Product Group at Dell Inc. Medica was among those responsible for worldwide development, product marketing, quality and delivery into volume production of all Dell’s client, enterprise, imaging and printing, display and branded peripheral products and services, as well as the strategic technology direction for Dell.

Medica joined Dell in 1993 to lead the company back into the global notebook business, which grew to more than $1 billion (U.S.) in cumulative revenues in less than three years. He served in numerous leadership capacities including president of Dell Japan, vice president of Worldwide Procurement, vice president of Dell’s Latitude and Transactional Product Groups and co-led Dell’s overall Product Group activities.

Before joining Dell, Medica held progressive development and operations positions over a 10-year period at Apple Computer, ranging from project leader for the Macintosh II to director of the Macintosh CPU Projects Group to senior director of Powerbook Engineering, where he led its development and successful introduction.

Medica has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College and an MBA from Wake Forest University.