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IBM Notice of 2008 Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement

Dear Stockholders,

You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Stockholders on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 10 a.m., in the Ballroom of the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina.

We are very pleased that Dr. William R. Brody, president of The Johns Hopkins University, is a new nominee for the Board this year.

Messrs. Juergen Dormann and Minoru Makihara are not nominees for election, and their terms on the Board will end in April. We are very grateful to them for their many valuable contributions and we will miss their participation.

Stockholders of record can vote their shares by using the Internet or the telephone. Instructions for using these convenient services are set forth on the enclosed proxy card. Of course, you also may vote your shares by marking your votes on the enclosed proxy card, signing and dating it, and mailing it in the enclosed envelope. If you will need special assistance at the meeting because of a disability, please contact the Office of the Secretary, Armonk, N.Y. 10504.

Very truly yours,

Signature of Samuel J. Palmisano

Samuel J. Palmisano
Chairman of the Board

Your vote is important
Please vote by using the Internet, the telephone,
or by signing, dating, and returning the proxy card.

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