Good bye JC! John Campbell is retiring on 5th Aug

Congratulations to John Campbell, Db2 for z/OS DE, on his Retirement! Living Db2 Legend!

John Campbell IBM DE for Db2 for z/OS will be retiring from IBM on the 5th of August 2022 after four decades working on IBM Db2 for z/OS. He has been the face of “World of Db2” for decades and I know he will be greatly missed by all of us. 

John started working on Db2 for z/OS Version 1 in the 80's, here is a brief summary of John's career with Db2 for z/OS.  John has worked with many, many Db2 customers, business partners and IBMers over the decades, this is an opportunity for everyone to say goodbye to John before he leaves IBM.

John is a living legend of the Db2 community, especially a familiar face at conferences, World of Db2, IBM and IDUG Events, supported Db2 for z/OS books, Redbooks, whitepapers etc. He will greatly be missed at events, conferences, panels etc 

John has attended and presented at nearly 60 IDUG conferences in North America, EMEA, Australia, South America and India.  He has been voted regularly as the “Top 10 Speaker" on majority of these conferences and been voted “Best "Presenter” at least 3 times and entered the IDUG Speaker Hall of Fame. He has presented many, many Db2 for z/OS webcasts over his career, I have personally worked with John for the past ten years and his webcasts have always achieved up to 1000+ registrations and which is a record for webcasts. 

He has also supported many, many Db2 regional User Groups all over the world.

I know John really wanted an opportunity to meet many of his customers, partners and Db2 family before his retirement and say "goodbye". However, with "Covid Pandemic” it does not look like it is possible, so we have arranged a virtual party.

Check out some of the highlights and memories of the last four decades Click Here

If you have any photos that you would like please upload to this community. Please send your wishes and memories, I will try and print and share in his retirement card. 


John started working on Db2 in the 80's as started his career as IBM Systems Engineer. - here is a brief backgrpound of JC's career. JC's words 

  • Technical branch system engineer helping the early customers migrate and exploit Db2 V1R1 thru Db2 V2R3. Helped design and implement major operational and decision support systems.
  • Top system engineer in his IBM System Engineering School.
  • Lead subject matter expert for Db2 in IBM UK Country Technical Support. Major contributor to IBM Redbook projects, and UK and Intentional Conference.
  • Assignment to Db2 Lab in San Jose working as a performance analyst for Db2 V3 and V4. Technical leader in Performance Team for the design and development of Data Sharing and Type 2 Index Manager.
  • Appointed IBM Distinguished Engineer and entry to the IBM Academy of Technology in 2003.
  • Several major IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards including for data sharing.
  • Technical leader of the Db2 Worldwide SWAT Team since 1999.
  • Voted best speaker at multiple major IDUG Conferences around the world, and member of the IDUG Speaker Hall of fame.
  • I hope I will be remembered for my deep technical knowledge, my enthusiasm, customer handling skills, inspiring others, and being generous with my knowledge and time in helping colleagues and customers. Most importantly as the voice of the customer and the voice of reason within Db2 Development.


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  • John, 

    I was gutted when I heard that you were retiring, I can't really imagine Db2 without you. You've achieved incredible things throughout your career and have given so much of yourself to your customers and the Db2 community, you will be sorely missed by all.

    I had the honour of attending the Db2 Masterclass in 2019 which was one of the highlights of my career (well, life!) and I want to thank you for being so inspiring, for your honesty and passion, and for sharing your incredible knowledge, not only during that great week in Hursley, but at every IDUG and webinar, and even when you've called the big boss to tell them what's what and let us all get the job done.

    You're an absolute legend. Congratulations on your retirement!

    All the best, Julia Carter

  • John, hope you've kept notes during the years - your forthcoming book on customers will be memorable :)

    Congrats on the retirement, but know that its a big loss for Db2 and its customers. Your advice and honesty was very much appreciated.


    Enjoy !



  • Many congratulations John, if ever anybody deserved their retirement it is definitely you!!

    It has been an honour and a real privilege to have had the chance to work with you over all these years.
    Your generosity and enthusiasm in sharing your immense technical knowledge is unparalleled and even now as you are retiring you are still an enormous inspiration for the whole DB2 community.
    And I'm sure you know just how much I personally have appreciated your quick wit, intelligence and humour while discussing all things DB2 :-)

    In short, you have made it a pure joy to work with DB2 -

    Enjoy a long, happy and healthy retirement!

    All the best!
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    John, when I led the DB2 for z/OS team years ago, you were always my most trusted advisor.  I could always depend upon you to provide deep insight into the pain points experienced by our biggest customers in the field.  Dozens of your suggestions went directly from your voice into our product plans.  You had a huge impact on both the customers and the DB2 product.  Enjoy retirement!!!  You've earned it twice over...

  • Hello John

    It's a long time I don't work with DB2, but I remember your presentations, skills and Db2 knowledge as one of the best, with Roger Bonnie and the other in Idug EMA.

    Good luck and enjoy your retirement and your 'freedom'...I'm next to it as well (5 yrs.) :-)

    Best regard

    Max Scarpa


  • Congratulations! Enjoy your retirement, John!
    Db2 will not be same without you! We will miss you.All the best to you always.

  • Congratulations John, thx for all the excellent presentations, tips, tricks, Do’s and do NOT… Thx for your support for the local Db2 usergroups ! Enjoy your retirement but….  we will miss you !

  • Thanks John for the pleasent meetings, your way to share knowledge and your help. I wish you a great time in retirement.


  •  Congratulations on your retirement John!

    It will be strange not seeing you at IDUG conferences. Hope you drop by sometimes still :)


  • Congrats John! And a big thank you for all you did for Db2 and its users over the past decades.
    It was always a pleasure to meet and work with you at each and every occasion - our discussions after a crisis or challenging problem, the Db2 ESP workshops, our 360 study, the marvellous Db2 Masterclass 2019 and all the numerous IDUG sessions.
    Best wishes to you and your family for the next chapter in your life!

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