This Woman Will Probably Be IBM's Next Boss


Virginia Ginni Rometty

IBM chief Sam Palmisano turns 60 in July, and that’s usually the age when the company’s CEO names a successor.

Businessweek took a shot at guessing who IBM will pick next, and came up with three candidates, all from inside the company:

  • Virginia “Ginni” Rometty, a 30-year veteran who leads IBM’s sales force, used to run its super-important services business, and helped oversee the 2002 integration of consulting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers, is considered the odds-on favourite. She’s 53.
  • Mike Daniels, who joined straight out of college and leads the services business, is a possible choice.
  • Rodney Adkins, who leads hardware, is considered a “long shot.”

Whoever takes Palmisano’s place will have a tough act to follow — under his leadership, the company has consistently grown revenues and profits and recently passed Microsoft to become the second-most valuable tech company after Apple.


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