Diversity Leadership: Virginia M. Rometty, IBM

Virginia M. Rometty

Chairman, President and CEO


Virginia “Ginni” Rometty has been IBM’s President and CEO since January 2012 and was elected Chairman that October. Rometty has been with IBM since 1981, ascending into a series of leaderships posts. Previously, she was Senior Vice President and Group Executive, IBM Sales, Marketing and Strategy. In this role, she was responsible for business results in the 170 global markets in which IBM operates.

Before that, Rometty was Senior Vice President, IBM Global Business Services, leading the integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, the largest acquisition in professional-services history. This resulted in the creation of IBM Business Consulting Services, the world’s largest consulting services organization. Rometty has also served as General Manager of IBM Global Services, Americas, and General Manager of IBM’s Global Insurance and Financial Services Sector.

Rometty is a member of the board of trustees of Northwestern University and of the board of overseers and the board of managers of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She also serves on the Council on Foreign Relations. She earned a bachelor’s in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University.

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