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A Conversation with Ginni Rometty

IBM chairman, president, and CEO Ginni Rometty discusses the use of big data and the ways in which organizations are learning to compete in a new landscape, as part of CFR's CEO Speaker series.

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Virginia M. Rometty, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Ginni Rometty is President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM. Ms. Rometty was appointed to these positions effective January 1, 2012. Ms. Rometty began her career with IBM in 1981 in Detroit, Michigan. Since then she has held a series of leadership positions in IBM, most recently as Senior Vice President and Group Executive, IBM Sales, Marketing and Strategy. As IBM’s global sales leader, she was accountable for revenue, profit, and client satisfaction in the 170 global markets in which IBM does business. She was responsible for IBM's worldwide results, which exceeded $99 billion in 2010, and for leading IBM’s global strategy, marketing and communications functions. In this role, she established IBM’s Growth Markets organization, which is expected to contribute as much as 30 percent of IBM revenues by 2015. Prior to this, Ms Rometty served as Senior Vice President, IBM Global Business Services, where she led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. This acquisition was the largest in professional services history, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and service experts. In this role, Ms. Rometty also led the development of IBM Global Delivery Centers in China and India. In recognition of her leadership, Ms. Rometty was honored with the Carl Sloane Award 2006, given by the Association of Management Consulting Firms. In prior leadership roles, Ms. Rometty served as general manager of IBM Global Services, Americas, as well as general manager of IBM's Global Insurance and Financial Services Sector. Ms. Rometty is a leader in diversity initiatives including IBM’s Women in Technology Council and the Women's Leadership Council, and is one of the senior sponsors of the Women's Executive Council. She is a frequent speaker at industry and business conferences, and has been named to Fortune magazine's “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for seven consecutive years, including most recently in 2011. Ms. Rometty serves on the Council on Foreign Relations; the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University; and the Board of Overseers and Board of Managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University.
Mark Loughridge, SVP and CFO
Mark Loughridge was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Finance and Enterprise Transformation in July 2010. This role includes the SVP and CFO responsibilities he assumed in May 2004 and the leadership of IBM’s continued integration and transformation.
He was previously senior vice president and general manager of IBM Global Financing, where he led the world’s largest information technology financing and asset management organization. Before that role, he was vice president and IBM controller; vice president of Finance and Planning for IBM Global Services; vice president of Finance for Sales and Distribution; and vice president of Finance for the IBM Personal Systems Group.
Since joining IBM in 1977 as a development engineer, Mr. Loughridge has held various management positions in finance, strategic planning and engineering, including manager of Financial Services for IBM’s lab in Hursley, England.
Mr. Loughridge earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance and operations from the University of Chicago. He also completed studies at École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique in Nantes, France.
Rodney C. Adkins, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy
Rod Adkins is IBM’s senior vice president of Corporate Strategy. He is responsible for leading continuous transformation across IBM and developing strategies that are linked to execution plans for a new era of computing, new markets and new clients.
Rod was previously senior vice president of Systems and Technology Group, a position he held since 2009. In this role he was responsible for all aspects of IBM’s semiconductor, server, storage, and system software businesses, as well as the company’s Integrated Supply Chain and Global Business Partners organizations. Previously he was senior vice president of STG development and manufacturing, a position he held since 2007. In his over 30-year career with IBM, Mr. Adkins has held a number of development and management roles, including general manager positions for the PC Company, UNIX Systems and Pervasive Computing.
Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2005, Mr. Adkins is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, and the National Society of Black Engineers, which in 2001 awarded him the Golden Torch Award for Lifetime Achievement in Industry. In 2011, Black Enterprise magazine chose Mr. Adkins as its Corporate Executive of the Year, and in 2002, Fortune magazine named Mr. Adkins one of the 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America.
He serves on the board of directors for United Parcel Service (UPS), the national board of the Smithsonian Institution and the board of directors for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. Mr. Adkins also serves on the Georgia Tech Foundation, Rollins College Board of Trustees, University of Maryland Baltimore County Board of Visitors, and the University of Miami College of Engineering Visiting Committee.
Mr. Adkins holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in physics from Rollins College, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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