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Ginni Rometty      

Chairman, CEO & President of IBM

Ginni Rometty is an American business executive. She is the current Chairwoman and CEO of IBM, and the first woman to head the company. Prior to becoming president and CEO in January 2012, she held the positions of senior vice president and group executive for sales, marketing and strategy at IBM. She has been named to Fortune magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" for eight consecutive years, ranking No. 1 for 2012, and she was ranked No. 15 on Forbes magazine's "World's 100 Most Powerful Women" for the same year. She was also named to the Time 100 in 2012 and was included in the 50 Most Influential list of Bloomberg Markets magazine in September 2012.

As IBMs global sales leader, Rometty 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 IBMs global strategy, marketing and communications functions. In this role, she established IBMs Growth Markets organization, which is expected to contribute as much as 30 percent of IBM revenues by 2015.

Prior to this, 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. Rometty also led the development of IBM Global Delivery Centers in China and India. In recognition of her leadership, Rometty was honored with the Carl Sloane Award 2006, given by the Association of Management Consulting Firms.

Rometty is a leader in diversity initiatives including IBMs 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.

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.

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