Corporate governance

Corporate governance is the set of processes, customs, policies, laws and institutions affecting the way a corporation is directed, administered or controlled. Principal stakeholders are the stockholders, management and the board of directors. Other stakeholders include employees, suppliers, customers, banks and other lenders, regulators, and the community at large.


The leadership of a company sets direction, creates visions and excitement, aligns people, builds new relationships and structure, and motivates and inspires.

IBM board of directors

IBM's Board of Directors is responsible for supervision of the overall affairs of the company.

Senior leadership

The men and women who are driving IBM's businesses.

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Corporate governance

The relationship between stockholders, directors and management as set forth in the corporate charter, bylaws, corporate governance guidelines, and applicable rules and regulations.

Business Conduct Guidelines

The code of business conduct, standards, and values, for IBM directors, executive officers and employees globally.


Rules governing the internal management of IBM. The bylaws cover topics such as how directors are elected, how meetings of stockholders are conducted and what officers the organization has and a description of their duties.

Directors' compensation

Information on director compensation as reflected in the Proxy Statement.

Corporate Trust and Compliance

Information about IBM's Corporate Trust & Compliance Office and company compliance programs.

Certificate of incorporation

The charter of the corporation which spells out the name, basic purpose, amount and types of the stock which may be issued and any special characteristics of the corporation.

Certain transactions and relationships

Information about transactions involving related persons.

Beneficial ownership

Beneficial ownership of shares of company stock by directors and executive officers.

Executive compensation

Compensation discussion and analysis about the company's executive compensation programs and policies.

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