Ginni Rometty: One of the Most Powerful Women in the World

Ginni Rometty

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Virginia “Ginni” Rometty has been President, Chairman and CEO of IBM since 2012, making history as the first woman to ever head the company. In just two short years she has been named one of the most powerful women in the world, and was named the most powerful woman in business by Fortune Magazine in 2012 and 2013.

Rometty knows how to make waves. In 2012 she became the first woman to head IBM after successful runs as Senior Vice President and Group Executive for Sales, Marketing and Strategy for the company. Dedicated to IBM since 1981, Rometty is keeping her company at the forefront of internet technology.

After graduating Northwestern University in 1979, Rometty went to work for General Motors before taking a job as a systems engineer at IBM in the early 1980s. She joined their consulting firm in 1991, and was a major player in IBM’s purchase of PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2002. She is also credited with spearheading IBM’s growth strategy by getting the company into cloud computing and analytics businesses.

Last year Rometty announced that IMB would be commercializing Watson, the supercomputer that took over Jeopardy! in 2011, using him as a way to strengthen sales and branding while positively affecting the world. Watson’s first project was helping Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center make the best management decisions regarding lung cancer treatments and health insurance.

In just two years, Ginni Rometty has become a business powerhouse. In 2012 Forbes Magazine ranked her number 15 on their “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list. In 2013, Fortune Magazine named her the most powerful woman in business, for the second year in a row.

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