Big Blue’s big brass

September 20, 2012, 11:17 AM UTC
Fortune

Thomas J. Watson

Thomas J. Watson

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

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

Thomas Watson Jr.

Thomas Watson Jr.

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

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

T. Vincent Learson

T. Vincent Learson

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

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

Frank T. Cary

Frank T. Cary

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

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

John R. Opel

John R. Opel

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

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

John F. Akers

John F. Akers

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

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

Louis V. Gerstner

Louis V. Gerstner

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

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

Samuel J. Palmisano

Former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano

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

Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty

(2012-present)

(2012-present)