13 June, 2011

The Successor @ IBM ?

This Thursday IBM will be celebrating its centennial and on the same lines they are planning to activate the succession plans of who will head the Blue giant in the next 12 to 18 months.

The candidates in the race are:
53 years old Sales chief - Virginia M. Rometty : Spent three decades at the company, made her mark leading the 2002 integration of PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP's consulting arm, More recently, Ms. Rometty ran part of IBM's services business. She was promoted last July to run IBM's sales force—making her responsible for IBM's world-wide results. The Revenue growth - rose 5.8% in the three quarters under her watch. She also now leads marketing and strategy.

Global Services boss Michael E. Daniels, 56, is seen as the No. 2 choice: When IBM split the group into consulting and technology divisions in 2005, he took over the latter, which has a focus on outsourcing. Mr. Daniels received a promotion last July, taking over the entire group, which he had split with Ms. Rometty and which accounted for 57% of the company's revenue last year.

Rodney C. Adkins, 52: Senior Vice President, Hardware: Credited with keeping the company's hardware business on track after the arrest of Senior Vice President Robert Moffat in the Galleon Group insider-trading case. Introductions of new mainframes and Unix servers have gone well recently. An African-American, Mr. Adkins would be IBM's first minority CEO. He is well-respected and recently was tapped to lead the pursuit of business in Africa. But IBM executives say he lacks enough services experience to be a strong contender.

Well now, after scanning through the profiles if given a chance to pick the successor i would select Ms. Rometty..

Let’s see who is in their blue bag to carry on the legacy of 101 years.