Sal Patalano

Chief Revenue Officer, Lenovo Software

Sal began his career as an Associate Director at the University of Miami (Florida) where he co-founded the Microcomputer Institute in the School of Continuing Studies. As a serial entrepreneur, he founded his first IT company, which focused on developing and publishing software for Apple's revolutionary Macintosh personal computer in 1983.

After selling that company in 1988, he spent time as a consultant within the software distribution industry. Starting in 1990 Sal co-founded the first of several IT companies focused exclusively on the resale and integration of IBM software. As one of IBM's first software channel partners in the early 90's, his company delivered mainframe- and AS400-based solutions across multiple market segments and industries. Coinciding with IBM's formation of Software Group in the mid-90's, he went on to build, lead and sell a succession of successful system integration businesses prior to joining IBM as a professional hire in early 2007. As a worldwide Vice President, he held sales, channel, operational and transformational roles through 2013. Joining CA Technologies as VP Marketing – Global Partner Organization in 2014, he was responsible for all channel and business partner marketing activities. In his current role as Chief Revenue Officer of Lenovo Software, he is responsible for global sales and marketing and is focused on building a high margin software business within Lenovo.

An avid wine collector, athlete, author, amateur musician, and classic car buff, he lives in Cary, North Carolina with his wife and two daughters.  He periodically lectures at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business.