The CEO, Chairman and President of IBM, Ginni Rometty is a woman known to have been credited with multiple talents throughout her life. Her name has been featured as the “50th Most Powerful Woman in Business” in Fortune magazine for 10 prolonged years and as the number one successful woman for the years 2012-2014.
Born in Chicago on 29th July 1957, Rometty was very versatile from an early age. Her intellectual mind won her a scholarship to the Northwestern University in Illinois in 1975. She did her graduation in Computer Science and Electrical engineering from Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Ginni’s working career began with General Motors Institute. In 1981, she joined IBM as Systems Engineer. She then moved to the Consulting Group of the same in 1991. She proved her talent through her commitment, devotion and sincere professionalism. As a result, she rose to the position of Senior Vice-President and Group Executive for Sales, Marketing and Strategy in 2009.
Her career took a toll when IBM selected her as the next CEO on 25th October 2011. A year later, she became the Chairman and on 1st October 2012, she finally secured her position with her multi-faceted role of Chairman, President and CEO of IBM. She purchased PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting firm by IBM and stimulated the strategical growth of IBM by setting this firm into motion.
As the company’s CEO, Ginni always focused on cloud computing, analytics and cognitive computing systems. One of the noteworthy awards of her life includes Bloomberg’s 50 Most Influential People in the World and Times 20 Most Important People in Tech. Although she faced various rough criticism related to her outsourcing, layoffs, executive compensation bonuses but, she always presided over several consecutive years in IBM with her tenacity and leadership.
Ginni always carried a profound knowledge regarding client handling in the fields of banking, telecommunication, insurance, manufacturing and healthcare. In her early career, during the 1990s, she worked in sales and later she involved herself helping clients with internet facilities in Prudential Financial Inc.
While serving as the Vice-President of the IBM, she was given the responsibility of merging PricewaterhouseCoopers and its consultants with IBM. Her name was changed to 2002 Global Business Influential Woman of the Year. Not only she was the GM of the IBM Global Services, but also she was the GM of the IBM’s Global Insurance and Financial Services Sector. At IBM Business Consulting Services, Inc. she was the managing partner and then the GM of Insurance Industry Group Too.
The Association of Management Consulting Firms honoured Rometty with the Carl Sloane Award in 2006. IBM announced a 5-year growth plan under Rometty regarding the capital allocation and revenue development. Rometty began to shift IBM’s focus away from the hardware industry to running businesses such as software and services.
In January 2009, Ginni was made the lead of IBM’s sales forces and she started to serve as the Senior Voce-President of Global Sales and Distribution Unit in 2010. On 28th June 2017,she was awarded the KPMG Inspired Greatness Award for shifting IBM’s growth in the field of Artificial Intelligence. By 2018, Ginni made around half of IBM’s 9043 patents of 2017 developed in sectors of cloud computing, cybersecurity, blog chain, AI and quantum computing.