I was pleased to learn recently that IBM’s new president and CEO is Ginni Rometty. She is the first woman to head the company. Prior to being named CEO she held the position of Senior Vice President and Group Executive Sales, Marketing and Strategy for IBM.
She may be familiar to some of you as she has been has been named to Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for seven consecutive years, ranking #7 for 2011.
As I read Ginni’s biography, it seemed very clear that she was destined for this phenomenal career opportunity of a lifetime. In 1979, she graduated from the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University with high honors, receiving a bachelor’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering.
After graduating in 1979, Ginni worked for General Motors Institute. In 1981, she joined IBM as a systems engineer in its Detroit office. She joined IBM’s Consulting Group in 1991. In 2002, she “championed the purchase of the big business consulting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, for $3.5 billion.” Rometty became senior vice president and group executive for sales, marketing and strategy in 2009. Rometty is “credited with spearheading IBM’s growth strategy by getting the company into the cloud computing and analytics businesses. She has also been at the helm of readying Watson, the Jeopardy! playing computer, for commercial use.
Her predecessor, Sam Palmisano stated, “Ginni got it because she deserved it… It’s got zero to do with progressive social policies.” Palmisano will retain his position as chairman.
Ginni serves on the Board of Trustees of her alma mater Northwestern University, as well as on the Board of Overseers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She also served on the Board of Directors of AIG from 2006 until 2009. It is safe to say that IBM is in good hands with a strong woman at the helm.
Notes to Women wishes her all the best and great success. Congratulations, Ginni.You deserve it.