Chairwoman of IBM Ginni Rometty Inspiring Story

Ginni Rometty – CEO of IBM

Ginni Rometty is the IBM CEO and the first ever woman to head the Computer Technology giant. She is also the Chairperson and President of the company. Her sheer hard work

and will power is what propelled her to this post. She joined the company’s Detroit division in 1981 and worked her way up with hierarchy with her amazing marketing skills and never say die attitude.

NameGinni Rometty
Date of BirthJuly 29, 1957
ParentsMaiden name : Virginia Nicosia
SiblingsJoe Nicosia
EducationNorthwestern University
SpouseMark Anthony Rometty
Net worth$45 Million

Early Life and Education

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Ginni Rometty was born on 29th July, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. In the year 1975, she won a scholarship to the Northwestern University and went on to do her graduation in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

An Impressive Career Path

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After her graduation in 1979, Ginni joined the General Motors Institute. It was in 1981 that she joined IBM in their Detroit office and started working as a Systems Engineer. Her impressive performance did not go unnoticed by the higher officials which is why she was made a part of the Consulting group of IBM in 1991.

In the year 2002, while still working in the Consulting Group, she played an integral part in the purchase of Pricewaterhouse Cooper Consulting which won her many accolades within the firm. Finally in the year 2009, she was promoted to the post of Senior Vice President of the company along with becoming the Group Executive for Marketing, Sales and Strategy. While working on these posts, she propelled the growth of the company be venturing into arenas like business analytics and cloud computing. She also played a major role in the production of the playing computer Jeopardy! getting her more recognition in the firm.

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In 2011, she was made the IBM CEO and President. This was the first time that the company had a female CEO and the higher officials of the firm confirmed that she was truly deserving of the post. Later in 2012, when Samuel Palmisano stepped down from his post of IBM Chairperson, she was also appointed as the Chairperson of the company.

Awards, Honors and Accolades

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Thanks to the impressive prowess that she exhibited in her career, Ginni Rometty has been honored with posts on various Boards and councils. She is a part of the Council of Foreign Relations and the Board of Overseers. She is also one of the trustees on the Board of Northwestern University and a member of the Latin America Conservation Council.

In 2014, PBS featured her in its documentary, The Boomer List. She has been honored with Honorary Doctoral degrees from Northwestern University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

She made it to Fortune magazine’s list of 50 Most Powerful Women in Business for 10 years in a row. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, she was ranked Number 1 on the list.

She was also a part of the Forbes’ 2014 list of World’s 100 Most Powerful People. She secured 3rd rank in Fortune Magazine’s 2015 list of Most Powerful Women of the World.

The IBM CEO, Ginni Rometty is an inspiration to the women the world over.

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