Executive Vice President, Business Development
Jon Knight is responsible for engaging with businesses of all sizes around the world to understand their patent challenges and inform them of the range of solutions RPX provides to its members to address those challenges. Prior to joining RPX in 2019, Mr. Knight was the General Manager, Client Financing for IBM Global Financing (IGF) with responsibility for IGF’s end-user financing business on a global basis. This business line comprises nearly $20 billion in assets, over $10 billion in annual originations and operates in over 50 countries worldwide. Prior to re-joining IGF, Mr. Knight was Vice President of Intellectual Property for IBM. As part of the Intellectual Property group, he and his team were responsible for the licensing, sales, enforcement and joint development of IBM’s worldwide intellectual property portfolio. Before joining IBM’s IP group, he was the Vice President responsible for IBM’s mainframe business in North America. Mr. Knight has held executive positions in the West Region, including Vice President for Integrated Technology Services, Vice President for the Industrial Sector and Vice President for IBM Global Financing.
Prior to that, he was Director of IBM Project Financing for the Americas and a Business Unit Executive in the West Region. Before joining IBM Global Financing in 2002, Mr. Knight held various management positions in IBM Treasury. In these positions, he had responsibility for the development and execution of IBM’s global funding, hedging and investment strategies. Mr. Knight joined IBM in 1999 in Armonk, New York. Prior to joining IBM, he was a Vice President at a major Wall Street investment bank covering financial institutions and has over 15 years experience in the financial services industry.
Mr. Knight received a BA in Economics from Holy Cross College, an MS in Taxation, and an MBA in Finance from Fordham University. He resides in Southern California with his wife and two daughters.