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IBM appoints Arvind Krishna as chief executive officer

Christian Fernsby | Armonk, N.Y., USA | January 30, 2020
Arvind KrishnaIBM has elected Arvind Krishna as chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors, effective April 6, 2020.
Arvind Krishna is IBM Senior Vice President for Cloud and Cognitive Software, where he leads the IBM business unit that provides the cloud and data platform on which IBM's clients build the future.

Mr. Krishna's current responsibilities also include the IBM Cloud, IBM Security and Cognitive Applications business, and IBM Research.

Previously, he was general manager of IBM's Systems and Technology Group's development and manufacturing organization.

Prior to that he built and led many of IBM's data-related businesses.

Mr. Krishna has an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and a PhD. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He joined IBM in 1990.

Virginia Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, will continue as Executive Chairman of the Board and serve through the end of the year, when she will retire after almost 40 years with the company.

Ms. Rometty became Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM in 2012.