Sam J. Palmisano
Sam Palmisano is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the IBM Corporation. He was elected chairman in October 2002, effective January 1, 2003, and has served as chief executive officer since March 2002. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Palmisano was president and chief operating officer.
Mr. Palmisano has held a number of key leadership positions during his IBM career, including senior vice president and group executive for IBM's Enterprise Systems Group, where he led IBM’s adoption of the Linux operating environment, as well as the launch of the company’s unified eServer family. Prior to that, Mr. Palmisano was senior vice president and group executive for IBM Global Services, with responsibility for the worldwide operations of the largest and most diversified IT services organization in the industry.
Mr. Palmisano has served as senior vice president and group executive for IBM's Personal Systems Group; led IBM’s strategic outsourcing business; and was president of the Integrated Systems Solutions Corp. (ISSC), an IBM wholly owned subsidiary, and now part of IBM Global Services. Before joining ISSC, Mr. Palmisano was IBM senior managing director of operations for IBM Japan. He joined IBM in 1973 in Baltimore, Maryland.