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Big Blue’s big brass

Sep 20, 2012
<h1>Thomas J. Watson</h1>
<strong>(1914-1952) </strong>

Founding CEO, for whom the supercomputer is named

Thomas J. Watson

(1914-1952) Founding CEO, for whom the supercomputer is named
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Thomas J. Watson

(1914-1952) Founding CEO, for whom the supercomputer is named

<h1>Thomas Watson Jr.</h1>
<strong>(1952-1971)</strong>

Succeeded his father, oversaw IBM's transformation into the big leagues

Thomas Watson Jr.

(1952-1971) Succeeded his father, oversaw IBM's transformation into the big leagues
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Thomas Watson Jr.

(1952-1971) Succeeded his father, oversaw IBM's transformation into the big leagues

<h1>T. Vincent Learson </h1>
<strong>(1971-1973) </strong>

Hosted IBM's first day for women employees

T. Vincent Learson

(1971-1973) Hosted IBM's first day for women employees
Courtesy: IBM

T. Vincent Learson

(1971-1973) Hosted IBM's first day for women employees

<h1>Frank T. Cary </h1>
<strong>(1973-1981)</strong>

Identified the PC as a possible challenge to IBM's mainframes

Frank T. Cary

(1973-1981) Identified the PC as a possible challenge to IBM's mainframes
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Frank T. Cary

(1973-1981) Identified the PC as a possible challenge to IBM's mainframes

<h1>John R. Opel</h1>
<strong>(1981-1985) </strong>

Got Bill Gates to create an operating system for IBM's personal computer

John R. Opel

(1981-1985) Got Bill Gates to create an operating system for IBM's personal computer
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John R. Opel

(1981-1985) Got Bill Gates to create an operating system for IBM's personal computer

<h1>John F. Akers</h1>
<strong>(1985-1993)</strong>

Missed tech trends and presided over IBM's decline

John F. Akers

(1985-1993) Missed tech trends and presided over IBM's decline
Courtesy: IBM

John F. Akers

(1985-1993) Missed tech trends and presided over IBM's decline

<h1>Louis V. Gerstner</h1>
<strong>(1993-2002) </strong>

Turned IBM around with tough decisions and a push into IT services

Louis V. Gerstner

(1993-2002) Turned IBM around with tough decisions and a push into IT services
Courtesy: IBM

Louis V. Gerstner

(1993-2002) Turned IBM around with tough decisions and a push into IT services

Former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano
Former IBM CEO Sam PalmisanoCourtesy: IBM

Samuel J. Palmisano

(2002-2011) Sold off PCs and kept IBM growing for a decade with a focus on software

<h1>Ginni Rometty</h1>
<strong>(2012-present)</strong>

Ginni Rometty

(2012-present)
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Ginni Rometty

(2012-present)

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