The Charles Babbage Foundation (CBF), a nonprofit corporation dedicated to preserving the history of information technology, today announced the appointment of Luanne Johnson as the organization’s first full-time president.

A 35-year industry veteran, Johnson has executive experience at software companies as well as non-profit organizations. She comes to the Foundation from the Software History Center, which she co-founded with Burton Grad in 2000.

CBF has two primary goals: to preserve the legacy of the information technology community, and to provide professional and educational resources for industry professionals, students, teachers, media researchers, curators, academics and others. Among others, the Foundation provides financial and advisory support to the Charles Babbage Institute (CBI), the historical archives and research center of the University of Minnesota.

To accomplish its goals, the Foundation is building on its successful alliance with CBI and the University of Minnesota, by forming a consortium of established organizations in the IT field, including several that are not academia-based. The Foundation provides inter-organizational coordination of programs too large or beyond the mission statements of individual participants which share the objective of preserving, interpreting and disseminating the history of information technology.

For the past 25 years, the Foundation has helped support CBI and other projects through generous annual gifts from its trustees, foundations and corporations. Today, CBF carries out its mission through approximately 60 trustees, each of whom is a distinguished member of the IT community.

Johnson previously served as president of the Information Technology Association of America (formerly known as ADAPSO), executive director of the ADAPSO Foundation, and as chairman and president of Argonaut Information Systems, which she founded in 1971.

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