IBM Leadership Changes
By Arvind Krishna, IBM Chairman and CEO
July 2, 2021
hybrid cloud and AI strategy is strongly resonating with clients. I
believe we are at a watershed moment in our journey. As the world
begins to reopen, IBM has a unique opportunity to be positioned for
a new and exciting era of growth, continue to accelerate the rate
and pace of execution of our strategy, and strengthen our
client-centric culture and our ability to provide technical
To that end, we are
announcing a series of important leadership changes effective
Jim Whitehurst has played a pivotal role in the
IBM and Red Hat integration. In the almost three years since the
acquisition was announced, Jim has been instrumental in
articulating IBM’s strategy, but also, in ensuring that IBM and
Red Hat work well together and that our technology platforms and
innovations provide more value to our clients. Jim has decided
to step down as IBM President, however I am pleased he will
continue working as Senior Advisor to me and the rest of the
Executive Leadership Team as we continue to evolve our
- When I became
CEO, Bridget van Kralingen agreed to stay to
help ensure my transition went well. She has now decided to step
down from her current role as Senior Vice President, Global
Markets. I support her decision and thank Bridget for the work
she has done to build a stronger company that is more responsive
to our clients’ needs, including launching our new go-to-market
strategy, implementing our sales cloud and changing our sales
structure. She has also been a champion of diversity, chairing
our LGBT+ and Women’s initiatives. Bridget will remain Senior
Vice President, Special Projects for a year at which time she
will retire from IBM.
Thomas will become Senior Vice President, Global
Markets. Rob has proven himself to be an exemplary leader and
technology visionary. He has led various parts of our business
such as data and AI, hardware, services, and software. He has
also spent time outside the United States, including living in
Tokyo when he led business development in the Asia-Pacific
region. Rob is the right leader to deliver what our clients
need, especially as our new go-to-market strategy kicks into
Rosamilia will become Senior Vice President, Cloud and
Cognitive Software. Tom has extensive experience within IBM.
Most recently, his strong track record of success includes
leading our systems business and achieving solid business
results. Tom is no stranger to software. During his tenure, he
has held several leadership roles, including as General Manager
of WebSphere and leading products for the database business.
me in welcoming Ric Lewis as our new Senior
Vice President of Systems. Ric has a stellar reputation in the
industry. He led significant portions of Hewlett Packard
Enterprise’s hybrid IT business spanning hardware systems, VLSI,
software and cloud. For over three decades, he has helped drive
a wide range of breakthroughs in the world of enterprise
servers. Our systems business is an important source of
differentiation for our clients and our hybrid cloud platform.
As a gifted technologist and business leader, Ric will use his
rich experience and expertise to take Systems to new heights.
Chambliss has been promoted to Senior Vice President,
Americas and Strategic Sales, Global Business Services. Kelly
will bring her extensive leadership experience and deep
strategic and operational expertise to her new role. In this
position, she will lead global strategic sales and continue her
leadership of our Americas business.
Premo will lead a newly constituted business
development team, which integrates corporate strategy and will
report to Jim Kavanaugh.
- Bob Lord
will continue in his role as Senior Vice President, Worldwide
Ecosystems and report directly to me.
Bringing value to our clients is—and must continue to be—our north
star. For our clients as well as for IBM, our technology platform
and services serve as an important driver of business growth. With
these changes, I am confident that IBM will be in a stronger
position to help our clients and our business thrive.
I look forward to
continuing the critical work that we do for business and society
around the world with this exceptional leadership team.