His successor will be virginia rometty, who is already sitting in the chief chair. She is the undisputed new ruler of the big blue.
Palmisano retires at 1. October from the board of directors, IBM announced late tuesday at the company’s headquarters in armonk in the U.S. State of new york. However, he will remain with IBM as a consultant before leaving on 1 january. I am going to retire completely in december. He had already relinquished his position as head of the company at the turn of the year.
The 61-year-old took over as CEO in 2002 and has also been chairman of the board of directors since 2003. He is considered one of the most successful managers in the USA. Palmisano had transformed the computer manufacturer into a broad-based IT service provider, which even the economic crisis of 2009 did little to harm. Among his decisions paid to sell the PC division, rich in tradition, to the chinese lenovo.
His successor rometty, known as "ginni," had earned her spurs at IBM with the integration of the consulting business acquired from pricewaterhousecoopers. The 55-year-old is a cornerstone of the company. She started as a systems engineer in 1981 and later became one of palmisano’s most important employees.
Today’s IBM group operates computer centers for other companies, sells software and advises companies on business issues. This is much more lucrative than manufacturing hardware. Other computer manufacturers such as hewlett-packard or dell are therefore emulating IBM. What remains of the hardware business of the old "big blue" are essentially the powerful company computers.
IBM’s branch office in germany has been headed by a woman for over a year now. There, in may 2011, martina koederitz took over the chairmanship of the executive board.