A woman could soon be running tech giant IBM and her name is Virginia “Ginni” Rometty. June is a huge month for the company: It celebrates its centennial on the 16th and its current CEO Sam Palmisano turns 60 which is usually the time IBM heads name their successors. Right now the company has an abundance of talent to choose from including services head and senior Vice President Mike Daniels, hardware chief Rodney C. Adkins and front-runner sales chief, senior Vice President Virginia Rometty.
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Here is what you should know about Rometty:
- She would be the first woman at IBM to hold this position
- She would be the first woman to run as large a company as IBM, allowing her to surpass PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi
- She helped integrate PricewaterhouseCoopers in a $3.9 billion acquisition that allowed the company to offer strategic advice which enabled IBM to forge closer ties to customers’ CEOs.
- As senior Vice President of Global Sales and Distribution she is responsible for revenue, profit and client satisfaction in 170 global markets.
- She has had her current role since 2005. Prior to this, she was the senior Vice President, IBM Global Business Services. She is a 30-year vet of the company.
- She is 53-years-old
- She graduated from Northwestern
This would be huge progress for women in business and women in technology.