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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  • It was always a pleasure working with you John. You will be greatly missed - congratulations on your well deserved retirement!

  • Welcome in the ex ibm world.

    Again thanks for your help in the past.

    Ciao Max Castellini 

  • Best Wishes and Congratulations, John.

    From: John Kidd Former IBM DB2 for z/OS Instructor. 

    Video: 'IDUG Berlin 2012'. Runs for 10 mins.

  • I first met John Campbell - has it been 40 years ago? It was my first IDUG and I had his talk on my list based on the topic - please don't ask I don't remember. The room was nearly full when I got there, and I was early. As I looked around, I realized that about half the Audience appeared to be other IBM speakers as well as other presenters whom I recognized. Since then I've tried to absorb as much information from John as possible. He has patiently entertained a number of my questions and managed to either get me out of trouble or keep me out of trouble. John, I wish you well in your next chapter, and thank you for all the help over the years.     

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    I've had the privilege of knowing John in every job I've had! Firstly, when I was a rookie sysprog in British Steel, John was our FE. Then, in CITL, John was my personal career manager. Then in Lloyds Bank, John was constantly on my speed dial whenever I had to persuade IT Directors and CIOs. Then, in BMC, John was still a source of first hand, ISV/development information. He has been a source of wisdom, encouragement, reassurance and, when necessary, gentle rebuke! Thank you, John, for being who you are, when you were needed!

  • Many sincere congratulations John and a big thank you for your amamzing and much valued  work with Db2 for z/Os and our clients.. Wish you a long and happy next chapter of your life.. 

  • Hello John.

    Congratulation on your retirement.

    We first met back in 1996 to implement datasharing at the Deutschebank in Frankfurt. Learned a lot and follow all your presentations since. Keep drawers full of  JC papers. Will retire them as well. Also our last catchup in Munich was very interesting and as usual,with you presentations, an eyeopener. I wish you all the best for the future  (JC next) in good health.


  • Congratulations John and welcome to the retirement club. I'm sure you'll be much missed by the whole Db2 community.

  • John, congratulations on your retirement and much more  congratulations for all the things you have accomplished and demonstrated  throughout your career especially in IBM for  Db2 community and for Db2 customers, being like a two way communication layer betweekn customers, the field and Db2 development. Even more important, congratulations for being a living Db2 Legend and at the same time for being such a "distinguished"  person  in all respects both technically and personality point of view. You will be very much missed as the unique go-to person for Db2 for z/OS for many people as well as  for your deep technical knowledge, for your truthfullness and trustable guidance, for your polite, decent and respectful style of handling customers . One of my Turkish friends said it is the end of an era in Db2 for z/OS and i agree. Thank you very much  for caring about your customers, your colleagues, your friends so much and sharing your knowledge so generously with all of them with all of us. I had the luck of being able to observe all these and  experience it as a customer and as a colleague and also I am proud to say as a friend.  I hope that this new beginning in your life will make you and your loved ones happier and healthier  and will give you the chance  to spend valuable time with them. Many thanks for everything  and all the best wishes and many hugs from Turkiye...  

  • Dear John, not only all of us will miss you, Db2 will also miss you. Let me know when you will be visiting Portugal for a nice Port wine taste. Million thanks Dear Db2 Professor. Enjoy Life without alarm clocks and powerpoint just for fun  :O) 


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