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Presenters' biographies

Biographical information of frequent presenters to IBM webcasts

   
 
down arrow SAMUEL J. PALMISANO Chairman of the Board &
Chief Executive Officer
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down arrow MARK LOUGHRIDGE Senior Vice President &
Chief Financial Officer
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down arrow MICHAEL E. DANIELS Senior Vice President,
IBM Global Technology Services
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down arrow DOUG T. ELIX Senior Vice President & Group Executive
IBM Sales & Distribution
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down arrow DR. AMBUJ GOYAL General Manager, Information Management Software
IBM Software Group
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down arrow DR. JOHN E. KELLY, III Senior Vice President, IBM Research
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down arrow ROBERT J. LeBLANC General Manager, Application and Integration Middleware Software, IBM Software Group
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down arrow STEVEN A. MILLS Senior Vice President & Group Executive
Software Group
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down arrow GINNI ROMETTY Senior Vice President,
Global Business Services
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down arrow WILLIAM M. ZEITLER Senior Vice President & Group Executive
Systems & Technology Group

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Samuel J. Palmisano spacer SAMUEL J. PALMISANO
Chairman of the Board &
Chief Executive Officer


Sam Palmisano is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the IBM Corporation. He was elected chairman in October 2002, effective January 1, 2003, and has served as chief executive officer since March 2002. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Palmisano was president and chief operating officer.

Mr. Palmisano has held a number of key leadership positions during his IBM career, including senior vice president and group executive for IBM's Enterprise Systems Group, where he led IBM's adoption of the Linux operating environment, as well as the launch of the company's unified eServer family. Prior to that, Mr. Palmisano was senior vice president and group executive for IBM Global Services, with responsibility for the worldwide operations of the largest and most diversified IT services organization in the industry.

Mr. Palmisano has served as senior vice president and group executive for IBM's Personal Systems Group; led IBM's strategic outsourcing business; and was president of the Integrated Systems Solutions Corp. (ISSC), an IBM wholly owned subsidiary, and now part of IBM Global Services. Before joining ISSC, Mr. Palmisano was IBM senior managing director of operations for IBM Japan. He joined IBM in 1973 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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MARK LOUGHRIDGE
Senior Vice President &
Chief Financial Officer

Mark Loughridge was named IBM Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in May 2004. He is a member of IBM's Performance Team and Corporate Operations Team. Mr. Loughridge was previously Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Financing, where he led the world's largest information technology financing and asset management organization. Prior to that role, Mr. Loughridge served as 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 master's degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and operations from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He also completed studies at Ecole Nationale Superieure de Mecanique in Nantes, France.

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Michael E. Daniels spacer MICHAEL E. DANIELS
Senior Vice President
IBM Global Technology Services

Mike Daniels has worldwide responsibility for Global Services business operations in strategic outsourcing, integrated technology services, maintenance, and small and medium business services, as well as for IBM Global Financing.  Together, these businesses account for almost half of IBM revenue. IBM is the leading business and IT services company in the world, with operations in more than 160 countries helping clients of all sizes integrate information technology with business insight to create and deliver new value for their customers and shareholders.

Previously, Mr. Daniels was general manager of IBM’s Sales and Distribution operations in the United States, Canada, and Latin America, with responsibility for sales and support of the full range of IBM’s information technology products, services, consulting offerings, and business solutions.  Before that, he led the Global Services team in the Asia Pacific region.

Since joining IBM in 1976, Mr. Daniels has held a number of leadership positions in sales, marketing, and services, and was general manager of several services businesses, including Product Support Services, Availability Services, and Systems Solutions.

He is a member of the IBM Performance Team and serves as IBM’s Senior State Executive for Connecticut.

Mr. Daniels is a graduate of Holy Cross College in Massachusetts with a degree in political science.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Japan Society, a private, nonprofit institution that promotes understanding and cooperation between the U.S. and Japan.

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DOUG T. ELIX
Senior Vice President & Group Executive
IBM Sales & Distribution

Doug Elix is senior vice president and group executive for IBM's worldwide sales and distribution operations, including revenue, profit and customer satisfaction in the 170 countries where IBM does business.

In this role he leads IBM's direct sales force, business partners and ibm.com channels, which account for worldwide sales of all IBM products and services of some $80 billion dollars.

Mr. Elix was named to his present position in May 2004 after serving as senior vice president and group executive for IBM Global Services beginning in October 1999. In that role, he was responsible for the worldwide operation of IBM Global Services, the world's leading business and information technology services provider with approximately 170,000 professionals.

IBM Global Services, which reported annual revenue of $43 billion in 2003, includes IBM Business Consulting Services, the business unit formed through the combination of PwC Consulting and IBM's Business Innovation Services unit. By integrating IBM's broad range of capabilities in services, consulting, hardware, software and research, IBM Global Services helps companies of all sizes improve business performance through information technology.

In July 1998, Mr. Elix was named general manager, IBM Global Services - Americas, an organization covering the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Prior to that, he was general manager, IBM Global Services - North America, beginning in December 1996. Earlier that year, he was appointed president and chief executive officer of Integrated Systems Solutions Corp. (ISSC), a wholly-owned services subsidiary of IBM.

In 1994, he was named chief executive officer, IBM Australia, Ltd., having been director of operations for IBM Australia/New Zealand since 1991. He was named director of the finance industry for IBM Asia Pacific in 1990.

Since joining IBM in 1969, Mr. Elix has held a broad range of positions in systems engineering, marketing, marketing management and general management in Australia and Asia/Pacific prior to his transfer to the United States in 1996.

Mr. Elix has served on the boards of IBM Australia Limited, the Australian Information Industries Association and the Australian Institute of Management. He was also a member of the Business Council of Australia, and a member of the Prime Minister's National Information Services Council (NISC). He is a member of the IBM Operations Committee, the Worldwide Management Committee and the board of directors for Royal Bank of Canada.


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DR. AMBUJ GOYAL
General Manager, Information Management Software
IBM Software Group

Dr. Goyal was named General Manager, Information Management Software in August 2005. He served in his previous position as the General Manager of Workplace, Portal, and Collaboration Software (WPLC) from January 2003 to August 2005. In that position, Dr. Goyal architected the transformation of Lotus software by expanding its focus beyond the traditional "Collaboration" marketplace to encompass the "People Productivity" market. He was responsible for setting the business strategy and direction for the Websphere Portal product set, the Lotus Software product set, and the IBM Workplace product set.

Prior to serving as General Manager of Workplace, Portal, and Collaboration Software,
Dr. Goyal served as the General Manager, Solutions and Strategy, IBM Software Group, from February 2001, to January 2003. In that position, he was responsible for setting business strategy for IBM's Software Group, the WebSphere Business Integration product set, and delivering industry-specific middleware solutions.

Prior to serving as General Manager of Solutions and Strategy, Dr. Goyal served as Chief Technology Officer, Application & Integration Middleware Division, which includes the WebSphere and MQ product families.

Dr. Goyal joined IBM Corporation in 1982 as a research staff member at the T.J. Watson Research Center. He was named Vice President, Services and Software, and Director, Computer Sciences in 1996. In this dual role, he was responsible for setting IBM's long-term research direction in computer sciences, as well as ensuring that the best emerging technologies contribute to IBM's services offerings and software products. He had approximately 1500 researchers reporting to him in seven labs worldwide.

Dr. Goyal's main research interests are in high performance systems, databases and distributed systems. His early work in scalable databases led to IBM's Universal Database (DB2) family. He was also responsible for setting the early direction in web application servers which led to the WebSphere product family. He also led the research efforts to create the RS/6000 SP supercomputer and the Deep Blue World Chess Champion computer.

Dr. Goyal has authored over 25 articles in various fields and has received five outstanding innovation awards from IBM for his work. He was elected an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to the theory and practice of highly dependable systems; elected an ACM Fellow in recognition of outstanding technical and professional achievements in the field of information technology.

Dr. Goyal received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1982, and his Bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur in 1978.


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DR. JOHN E. KELLY, III spacer DR. JOHN E. KELLY, III
Senior Vice President
IBM Research


In July of 2007, Dr. John E. Kelly III was named the senior vice president of IBM Research. In this job he directs the worldwide operations of IBM’s research laboratories, with 3,200 technical employees in eight sites in five countries around the world, and helps guide IBM’s overall technical strategy.

Dr. Kelly’s top priority as head of IBM Research is to stimulate innovation in key areas and quickly bring those innovations into the marketplace to sustain and grow IBM’s existing business, and to create the new businesses of IBM’s future. IBM applies these innovations to help its clients succeed as well as to make positive contributions to the world.

Dr. Kelly also leads IBM’s worldwide intellectual property business as well as the company’s open source and open standards strategies and practices.  

In 2005, Dr. Kelly was senior vice president of Technology and Intellectual Property, responsible for IBM’s technical and innovation strategies. 
 
Dr. Kelly first became an IBM senior vice president in 2000 when he was appointed group executive for IBM’s Technology Group, where he was responsible for developing, manufacturing and marketing IBM’s microelectronics technologies, products and services.
 
In 1995, he was named vice president of systems, technology and science for the IBM Research Division. In this role, Dr. Kelly was responsible for the company’s most advanced research activities. The following year, he was named vice president of strategy, technology and operations for the Microelectronics Division. In 1997, he was appointed vice president of server development (from work stations to supercomputers) for IBM. In January of 1999, he was appointed general manager of IBM’s Microelectronics Division, a position he held until August 2000.
 
Dr. Kelly joined IBM in 1980. Between 1980 and 1990, he held numerous management and technical positions related to the development and manufacturing of IBM’s advanced semiconductor technologies. In 1990, he was named director of IBM’s Semiconductor Research and Development Center. In 1994, he was appointed vice president of business process reengineering for the Microelectronics Division.
 
Dr. Kelly received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Union College in 1976. He received a Master of Science degree in physics from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1978 and his Doctorate in materials engineering from RPI in 1980. In 2004, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from The Graduate School at Union College.
 
Dr. Kelly is on the Board of Governors of The IBM Academy of Technology; a board member and former chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association; a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and on The Board of Trustees of Union College.


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Robert J.  LeBlanc spacer ROBERT J. LeBLANC
General Manager, Application and Integration Middleware Software
IBM Software Group


Robert was named to his current position as general manager, Tivoli Software in June 2001. He is responsible for the strategic direction and ongoing operations for the Tivoli software brand, which focuses on performance and availability, configuration and operations, identity management, storage management, and on demand provisioning solutions for the enterprise and global mid-sized market. He is a member of IBM's Worldwide Management Committee.

Previously he served as general manager, storage networking division, IBM Storage Systems Group. Prior to this, Robert served as general manager, solutions and strategy, Software Group (SWG), where he was responsible for the solutions and strategy mission of merging SWG middleware products with other IBM technologies and services to solve customers' business problems. Before taking that position, he served as vice president, software strategy, SWG, and was responsible for coordination and ownership of SWG's global strategy, as well as strategy formulation and guidance for the various business units within SWG.

Robert joined IBM Canada in 1981 as a systems programmer trainee in the Toronto Laboratory. During his career he has held a number of technical and management positions in the Toronto Laboratory and the Software Group including director, object oriented/application development (OO/AD) technology where he was responsible for software development and strategy for SWG OO/AD technology products, and later as director, IBM Toronto Laboratory.

Robert holds a BSC (where he majored in Computer Science) and an MBA degree (where he majored in Management Information Systems and Corporate Strategy) from the University of Toronto.


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STEVEN A. MILLS
Senior Vice President & Group Executive
Software Group

Steve Mills was appointed Senior Vice President and Group Executive, IBM Software, in July 2000. In this capacity, he is responsible for shaping IBM's overall software strategy and directing IBM's $13 billion software business. Today, IBM's industry leading middleware products power the e-business infrastructures of virtually every mid- to large-size company in the world.

Mr. Mills has played a leading role in the growth of IBM Software Group since its inception in 1995. He was General Manager of IBM Software Group Strategy and Solutions, responsible for IBM's strategy for middleware and software solutions for e-business, as well as managing business units for Business Intelligence Solutions, Pervasive Computing, e-Commerce Solutions and Solution Technologies.

He joined IBM in 1974 as a sales trainee in New York City and was a marketing representative until 1980. In 1981, he joined the business planning staff of the Data Processing Division and became manager of that function a year later. In 1984, he was named Administrative Assistant to the IBM Vice President and Assistant Group Executive of Plans and Controls in the Information Systems Group.

He became Director of Planning in the Information Systems and Communications Group in 1985. He was responsible for business planning and strategy for IBM's personal computer and communications products. In 1986, he was one of the executives responsible for starting IBM's Publishing Systems Business Unit. He became Director of Financial Planning at Corporate Headquarters in 1988.

He joined the Programming Systems line of business in 1989 as Programming Systems Director of Operations. He was named Assistant General Manager, Finance and Planning, for that organization in December 1990, and in December 1992 became General Manager of the division's Santa Teresa Laboratory.

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Senior Vice President,
Global Business Services


Ginni Rometty is the senior vice president, Enterprise Business Services, a business unit created in July 2005. EBS encompasses the business value services of IBM's Global Services business, including Business Consulting Services which focuses on consulting and systems integration, business transformation outsourcing and application services. She also has responsibility for the overall strategy and business development for Global Services, including advanced services solutions, the services asset strategy, and acquisition strategy.

Ms. Rometty was previously Managing Partner, Business Consulting Services, leading the formation of the industry's largest team of business consultants and services experts specializing in helping clients leverage world-class information technology to optimize business performance. Here she led a cross-IBM focus to build strategy and capability to address the Business Performance Transformation Services marketplace, a $500 billion opportunity outside the traditional IT marketplace.

Prior to this, she was general manager of IBM Global Services, Americas. Leading a team of more than 75,000 professionals, Ms. Rometty was responsible for strategic leadership, operations and client relationships of the Global Services business in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Ms. Rometty has also served as the general manager of strategy, marketing and sales operations for IBM Global Services worldwide.

Before joining IBM's services business, Ms. Rometty was general manager of IBM's Global Insurance and Financial Services Sector, where she led IBM's business strategy for the worldwide insurance marketplace, with responsibility for marketing, sales and consulting. She also supervised the operations of IBM's Insurance Research Centers in Hawthorne, N.Y., Zurich, Switzerland and Yamaha, Japan, and was in charge of IBM's insurance solutions development worldwide.

Ms. Rometty reports to the IBM Chairman, and serves on his Worldwide Management Council and Senior Leadership Team. She is also a member of IBM's strategy and operations teams. She is a leader in IBM's diversity initiatives, including the Women in Technology Council and the Women's Leadership Council and is one of the senior vice president sponsors of the Women's Executive Council at IBM. She is a frequent speaker at industry and business conferences around the world, and was named among Time magazine's 2002 Global Business Influential.

Before joining IBM, Ms. Rometty was with General Motors Corporation, where she was responsible for application and systems development. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University.

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WILLIAM M. ZEITLER
Senior Vice President & Group Executive
Systems & Technology Group

Bill Zeitler is presently senior vice president and group executive of IBM Systems Group. He was named to his present position in January 2003 when the Server and Storage Groups merged to form the newly created IBM Systems Group. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Zeitler was senior vice president and group executive for IBM's Server Group.

Mr. Zeitler joined IBM in 1969 as a programmer in White Plains. His first executive assignment at IBM was as director of Application Business Systems, a precursor to AS/400. In the years following Mr. Zeitler held several executive positions in the marketing and services division before being named vice president, marketing AS/400. In November of 1996 Mr. Zeitler was named general manager, AS/400. During the next three years he was appointed as general manager, Server Brand Management, and general manager of Worldwide Software Sales and Marketing. In February 2000 he became general manager of IBM Enterprise Servers where he remained until he assumed the role of senior vice president, and group executive IBM Server Group in September of 2000.

Mr. Zeitler received his BS in mathematics from Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania in 1969.

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