Sam Palmisano is chairman of the Board of IBM and chair of IBM's Executive Committee.
He began his career with IBM in 1973 in Baltimore, Maryland. Since then, he has taken on a series of leadership positions during his IBM career, including senior vice president and group executive of the Personal Systems Group in 1997, senior vice president and group executive of IBM Global Services in 1998, senior vice president and group executive of Enterprise Systems in 1999, president and chief operating officer in 2000, chief executive officer in 2002 and chairman of the Board in 2003.
Mr. Palmisano was president and chief executive officer of IMB through 2011. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.