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|Martin Clague '64|
The son of a Hiram College professor of philosophy and religion, it was perhaps a foregone conclusion that Martin Clague would become a Hiram student. The surprise was the path he took after graduating from Hiram with a major in mathematics in 1964. Two years into law school, he scrapped his original plan to become an attorney because of his growing fascination with computers. Those were the heady days at the start of the information technology industry, and Marty hitched his start to a little wagon called IBM. The rest, as they say, is history!
Marty took an entry-level job as a marketing representative at IBM in 1966. Over the next 33 years, he moved through senior management positions in marketing, sales, service and product development in both the United States and Europe. He went on to become General Manager of IBM in White Plains, and by the time he retired in 1999 to set out on some interesting business ventures of his own, he was Vice President of Global Industries e-Business Solutions.
Over the past four years, in true liberal arts tradition, he has enjoyed a string of interesting, challenging, and quite varied opportunities: President and CEO of Unisphere Solutions, a newly-formed subsidiary of the German telecommunication company Siemens; a stint with the private investment firm of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Inc.; and most recently, the presidency of Convansys, a global technology services company headquartered in Farmington Hills, MI. He now commutes between Michigan, his family residence in New York, and India, where Convansys has considerable business interests.
Marty has been a long-time trustee of Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. While you can take the boy out of Hiram, however, you cannot take the Hiram out of the boy! He has proven this time and time again as he has stepped forward to aid his alma mater. His professional expertise was invaluable in developing the College's first information technology plan in the late 1990s, and he interceded with IBM to help the College get the equipment and the price it needed to implement the plan.
Marty has been a member of the Eclectic Society for many years and he helped the College start a new group - Friends of Technology - to provide operating funds for improvements to the technology network. Over the summer he stepped forward with a leadership gift toward the new sports, recreation and fitness center - a commitment that will help match a critically needed $800,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation.