Samuel J. Palmisano-IBM
Samuel J. Palmisano was born on July 29 1951. He is the current Chairman, CEO and President of IBM. He was elected Chairman in October 2002, effective January 1, 2003, and has served as Chief Executive Officer since March 2002. Palmisano attended Calvert Hall in Baltimore, Maryland for high school and while there played backup sax for the Temptations. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from Johns Hopkins University. He is married to Missy Palmisano1 and has four children.
In 1973 he joined in IBM and he was elected senior vice president and group executive of the Personal Systems Group in 1997. And in 1998 he was elected as senior vice president and group executive of IBM Global Services. He became senior vice president and group executive of Enterprise Systems in 1999 when the systems group drove IBM’s move to adopt the Linux operating system.
Before leading IBM Global Services Palmisano led the IBM strategic outsourcing business and before that was president of an IBM subsidiary – Integrated Systems Solutions Corp. (ISSC) – which ultimately became part of IBM Global Services. He was elected to the Board of Exxon Mobil in 2006.