Big Thinkers

Industry leaders, experts, pioneers

Lt. Gen. Jeff Talley: tech can help disaster prep, response, recovery

Written by Justine Jablonska | November 18, 2019 | Big Thinkers, Government

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley commanded the US Army Reserves from 2012-2016. Today at IBM, he’s looking for ways to bring technology to help in complex environments. ...read more


IBM Engineer Nedlaya Francisco loves solving new problems

Written by Cynthia Cunniff | November 14, 2019 | Big Thinkers, Data

Nedlaya Francisco holds 37 patents, grew up on Shiprock Reservation, runs marathons, and mentors Native high school students: “It’s fun seeing tech though their eyes.” ...read more


Asma Shabab breaks the rules to reveal how tech impacts humanity

Written by Justine Jablonska | September 18, 2019 | AI, Big Thinkers, Government

An expert on AI's cultural impact, Shabab has always been a rebel, which she defines as continuously exploring how to challenge herself. ...read more


IBM’s Nancy Greco is all ears, from college radio to the factory floor

Written by John Kultgen | July 26, 2019 | Automation, Big Thinkers, Manufacturing

Distinguished Researcher Nancy Greco's motto is be curious and make time to understand how and why things work, even if that means circumventing the status quo. ...read more


Globetrotting is the best education for IBM’s Greg Land

Written by John Kultgen | July 17, 2019 | Big Thinkers, Business Operations, Travel and Transportation

“At one point my siblings thought I was a CIA operative, because I’d go to a place like Johannesburg or Dubai on 24-hour notice.” ...read more


Serving variety: how Wimbledon’s content chief courts fans

Written by Justine Jablonska | June 27, 2019 | Big Thinkers, Customer Experience, Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment

This story is part of Big Thinkers, a series of profiles on business leaders transforming industries with bold ideas. A billion fans engage with Wimbledon in any given year, and it’s up to Alexandra Willis to decide what the majority of those fans see and hear. “My role is to be the guardian of Wimbledon’s ...read more


IBM’s Steve Canepa is innovating for a 5G world

Written by Arzi Rachman | June 24, 2019 | Big Thinkers, Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment

This story is part of Big Thinkers, a series of profiles on business leaders transforming industries with bold ideas. ...read more


IBM’s Jeannette Garcia is making the world a better place through chemistry

Written by Justine Jablonska | May 13, 2019 | Big Thinkers, Energy, Environment and Utilities, Manufacturing

From revolutionizing plastics recycling to shifting chemistry modeling, Jeannette Garcia's work has cross-industry, global impact. ...read more


Research director Bola Rotibi focuses on the people behind the technology

Written by Rich McKay | March 6, 2019 | AI, Big Thinkers, Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment

UK-based Creative Intellect Consulting’s research director and founder is turning the conversation around network transformation from product to people. ...read more