In one of her first moves as the new CEO of IBM, Virginia Rometty put new blood in new positions in sales, growth markets and services.
enters 2012, the systems giant has announced a series of management changes
focused on strengthening its sales, enhancing its presence in growth markets
and bolstering its services business.
first acts as CEO of IBM, Virginia Rometty announced the changes on Jan. 3 in a
letter to employees. Rometty became IBM's first female CEO in the company's 100
years in business on Jan. 1, 2012.
moves include naming Bruno Di Leo as senior vice president of IBM Sales and
Distribution. Di Leo, a native of Peru, has most recently served as the general
manager for IBM's Growth Markets Unit. IBM's growth markets have posted
significant growth of late. In the last quarter, IBM's Growth Markets revenue
increased 19 percent, with 40 countries growing by double digits. Di Leo began
his career at IBM in 1975 as a software engineer, and he has held several
leadership roles around the globe, including assignments as general manager for
IBM in Northeast Europe and general manager for the company's Latin American operations.
growth markets slated as a strategic focus for IBM, Rometty decided to put a
senior vice president in charge of it. Indeed, IBM's success in growth markets
is one of the linchpins of the company's five-year strategy to add $20 billion
in new revenue by 2015. The size and importance of IBM's Growth Markets Unit,
which is expected to approach 30 percent of IBM's total revenue by 2015, now
merits being led by a senior vice president, IBM said. That person is James
Bramante, who will be based in Shanghai.
was general manager of IBM's operations in Southwest Europe and has 25 years of
consulting industry experience, most recently as the leader of IBM's consulting
services in the United States and Canada. He served as CFO of PriceWaterhouse
Coopers Consulting and was instrumental in the company's integration with IBM.
He is the co-author of the book "eCFO-Sustaining Value in the New
bringing change in IBM's services business, Bridget Van Kralingen has been
named senior vice president of IBM Global Business Services (GBS), IBM's
consulting unit. Van Kralingen is a native of South Africa and has led
turnarounds in GBS in Northeast Europe, IBM said. Van Kralingen will replace
Frank Kern, who is retiring from IBM at the end of January after a 35-year
career at IBM. Kern has also led IBM's operations in Asia Pacific prior to
running Global Business Services.
past two years Van Kralingen has been the general manager for IBM's North
America sales and distribution unit, the largest single geography for IBM. Last
fall she was listed in FORTUNE Magazine's list of the "50 Most Powerful
Women," where she ranked No. 39.
Kralingen joined IBM from Deloitte Consulting, where she was managing partner for
Financial Services in the United States. She also is a member of the board of directors
of the Royal Bank of Canada, and she serves on the advisory board of Catalyst,
a nonprofit organization that expands opportunities for women in business.
particularly China, was a key issue in an interview outgoing IBM CEO Samuel
Palmisano did with The
New York Times
, in which Palmisano said IBM sold its PC business unit
to Chinese system maker Lenovo as part of a strategy
to gain further access in the Chinese market
. Now the senior vice president
of IBM's Growth Markets unit will be based in Shanghai.