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EvoNexus San Diego Committee
Former CEO, Pacific Data Products
John Downing has spent over four decades in high technology and philanthropy. In the early 70s Mr. Downing was employed by US Antarctic Research Program. He was based in Australia where he wrote software used in oceanographic research. This work continued at the University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Marine Laboratory where he led the development of remote sensing systems.
In 1982 he relocated to San Diego to start his own business, Pacific Data Products. Pacific Data started as a contract software development company and developed a core competency in producing embedded software for laser printers. Pacific Data grew with minimal outside investment (less than $2MM) to over 250 employees on three continents and $100MM in revenues while maintaining 25% in pretax profits. Mr. Downing was selected as the Ernst & Young High Tech Entrepreneur of the Year (San Diego) in 1989. In 1990, while in registration for an IPO, Pacific Data was acquired by Georgia based and NYSE listed Digital Communications Associates. Mr. Downing served as Pacific Data’s Chairman and CEO from the company’s founding until its acquisition by DCA.