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M. Kenneth Oshman

Rolm Corporation

1969 - 1984

Communications

1960 b. 1940
male
EducationTwoDegree
UndergraduateRice University
GraduateMS & PhD, Stanford University
Personal
Born-Died1940
BirthplaceMissouri (MO)
RaceWhite
FatherProfessional
Era - 1960

As one of the principal founders of Rolm, Oshman is credited with the design and development of a sophisticated private branch exchange or PBx switch that has become a central component of telecommunication systems. Over the course of fifteen years, Oshman built Rolm into a major competitor to AT&T in the market for office telephone equipment. Rolm’s rapid growth and market saturation caught the eye of IBM which acquired the firm in 1984 for over $1.25 billion.