About the board

About the board


IBM’s Board of Directors is responsible for supervision of the overall affairs of IBM. Following the Annual Meeting in 2021, the Board will consist of 12 directors. In between annual meetings, the Board has the authority under the by-laws to increase or decrease the size of the Board and to fill vacancies.

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Director Nominees
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Board of Directors Snapshot


Director Selection Process

The Directors and Corporate Governance Committee is responsible for leading the search for qualified individuals for election as directors to ensure the Board has the optimal mix of skills, expertise, experience, and diversity of backgrounds. The Committee recommends candidates to the full Board for election.

The Board believes that the following core attributes are key to ensuring the continued vitality of the Board and excellence in the execution of its duties:

  • diversity of background, including gender, ethnicity, talents and perspectives
  • experience as a leader of a business, firm or institution
  • mature and practical judgment
  • the ability to comprehend and analyze complex matters, including digital innovation
  • effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • strong character and integrity

The Committee and the Board identify candidates through a variety of means, including:

  • recommendations from members of the Committee and the full Board
  • information the Committee requests from the Secretary of IBM
  • suggestions from IBM management
  • a third-party search firm, from time to time.
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Building the Right Board for IBM: Key Director Attributes

The Directors and Corporate Governance Committee and the Board believe that the above-mentioned attributes, along with the leadership skills and other experiences of the Board members described below, provide IBM with the perspectives and judgment necessary to guide IBM’s strategies and oversee their execution.

Director Skills and Qualifications

The IBM Board is composed of a diverse group of members, all leaders in their respective fields. All current directors have leadership experience at major domestic and international organizations with operations inside and outside the United States, at academic or research institutions, or in government. Directors also have deep industry expertise as leaders of organizations within some of the Company’s most important client industries and constituencies.

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Experience and Skills of Director Nominees

Optimal mix of skills and experience of director nominees

IBM’s directors collaboratively contribute significant experience in the areas most relevant to overseeing the Company’s business and strategy.

The skills and experience of our board include, but is not limited to:

  • Industry leaders with deep executive and oversight experience;
  • Global operational experience to oversee a business of IBM’s scale, scope, and complexity;
  • Technology, cybersecurity and digital transformation experience;
  • Key insight into IBM’s regulatory environment; and
  • Diversity of backgrounds and experiences
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Optimal Mix of Skills and Experience of Director Nominees

Strong Board Diversity

The Board includes directors who have a deep understanding of our business and members who bring new skills and fresh perspectives. We have a deliberate mix of age and tenure on the Board, which reflects our commitment to ongoing and proactive Board refreshment.

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2021 Diversity Tenure

(This information reflects the 2021 Proxy Statement.)