IBM has chosen Arvind Krishna to be its new Chief Executive Officer from April 6. The current Senior Vice President for Cloud and Cognitive Software will take over the reign from Virginia Rometty, who will remain as Executive Chairman of the Board and serve until her retirement at the end of the year.
A principal architect of IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat, Krishna is an authentic, values-driven leader with an outstanding track record of bold transformations and proven business results.
“Arvind [Krishna] is the right CEO for the next era at IBM. He is a brilliant technologist who has played a significant role in developing our key technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud, quantum computing and blockchain. He is also a superb operational leader, able to win today while building the business of tomorrow,” said Rometty.
“I am looking forward to working with IBMers, Red Hatters and clients around the world at this unique time of fast-paced change in the IT industry. We have great opportunities ahead to help our clients advance the transformation of their business while also remaining the global leader in the trusted stewardship of technology,” said Krishna.
James Whitehurst, Senior Vice President of IBM and CEO of Red Hat, will join the Board as President on April 6.