Virginia “Ginni” Marie Rometty (Born July 29, 1957) is an American business executive, serving as the executive chairman of IBM. She started as a systems engineer and later headed IBM’s global sales, marketing, and strategy. Later, she became its president and CEO. While general manager of IBM’s global services division, she negotiated the company’s purchase of PricewaterhouseCoopers IT consulting business and became known for her work integrating the two companies. After becoming CEO, she shifted IBM’s focus towards analytics, cloud computing, and cognitive computing systems.
She’s been recognized as one of
- Time’s 20 Most Important People in Tech
- Bloomberg’s 50 Most Influential People in the World
- Forbes’ America’s Top 50 Women In Tech
- Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business”
Ginni Rometty was born in Chicago, Illinois as Virginia Marie Nicosia. She grew up outside of Chicago and was the eldest of four children in an Italian-American family. When Ginni was fifteen years old, her parents divorced and her father left. This left her to look after her siblings while mother worked multiple jobs to support the family. This experience taught her valuable life skills and leadership qualities.
She began her educational studies in 1975 on a General Motor’s scholarship at Northwestern University. She completed an internship between her junior and senior years. She joined the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and eventually served as its president. She graduated with distinction from the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering. Later she was given honorary doctoral degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Northwestern University, and North Carolina State University. Rometty has overcome much criticism to become an inspiration to young women that long to be business leaders.