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Join the IBM GM Leadership Development Program. Do work that matters.

The IBM General Management Leadership Development Program (GMLDP) is a premier leadership development program for top MBA graduates from leading global universities hired into IBM on an accelerated path to General Management leadership. IBM's world-class leadership development programs, networking experiences, and mentoring and coaching opportunities with senior executives will help to build your skills and to make an impact at IBM.

Meet IBM GMLDPers

Hear more about the inspiring work GMDLPers are doing across the world.

Program Overview

The GM Leadership Development Program offers a unique opportunity for career development across IBM in various areas such as Cloud, Watson, Digital, Offering Management, and experience in consulting, business development, marketing, sales, and corporate strategy or operations. Program participants will complete three, one-year rotations. You will get an opportunity to work on meaningful and strategic projects that are critical to the business.

GMLDPers Voices

Program participants are successful in a variety of roles at IBM. Check out some of their stories.

Rak-Joon Choi - Offering Integration Leader, The Weather Company

After getting my MBA, I wanted a career where I can continue my business training while applying at work the strategy, finance, and management skills I learned in school. GMLDP not only offered me an opportunity to achieve this, but also provided me with a diverse network of business leaders to learn from. I am confident of my continued growth in this age of continuous industry transformation and globalization thanks to the deep industry insights, multitude of job experiences, and professional relationships that I have accumulated through GMLDP.

Kathryn Harrison - Blockchain Offering Leader, IBM Cloud

During my tenure at IBM, I have helped clients leverage technology to tackle critical business and social problems. From roles focused on payments for the unbanked to Smarter Cities to Blockchain, GMLDP helped me open the doors of IBM to pursue my professional interests. Most importantly, I have developed leadership skills that are critical to running a business as well as a diverse network of talented colleagues and clients from across the globe

Mahesh Sudhakaran - Executive Assistant to Bob Picciano, SVP IBM Analytics

The GMLDP program is an exceptional hands on opportunity to learn and transform oneself while creating tangible business impact to IBM and its clients. In the past 3 years, I have done diverse senior roles in - Consulting, Sales and Research across 3 key geographies - UK, China, USA. The program helped me thrive in the milieu of technology, culture and business and taught me how to create a new business and take it global. The program has been my best career decision till date and I would highly recommend it!

Ana Arisawa - Client Executive of Sales & Distribution

Coming out of business school, I was still undecided on which corporate area would be the best path for me. The GMLDP at IBM gives me tools and opportunities to discover different professional tracks that are helping me build expertise and decide which area I can create most impact. Most importantly, we have direct access to very senior and influential leaders through a variety of ways (ex. roundtables, mentoring). In addition, the program has provided me with the opportunity to create an incredible network of bright people that I really enjoy working with!

Leadership Voices

The GM Leadership Development Program has strong support from IBM’s Executives – who often
engage directly with participants through professional mentorship and learning opportunities.
Martin Schroeter, Chief Financial Officer

Martin Schroeter, Chief Financial Officer

IBM is world-renowned for developing tomorrow's business leaders. Critical to this is the GM Leadership Development Program. Those selected for the GMLDP have remarkable business and technical backgrounds, and the potential to lead businesses at the highest level. At IBM, they benefit from the gold standard in senior management training, experiences and resources. Ultimately, they are expected to fill leadership positions at IBM, and play a significant role in defining the company's future. Success at IBM is not measured simply in financial performance, but building on IBM's role as an innovator that can uniquely address our clients', and the world's, most important challenges.

Marie Cabrera - IBM Managing Director, Morgan Stanley, Integrated Accounts

Marie Cabrera - IBM Managing Director, Morgan Stanley, Integrated Accounts

I'm a huge supporter of the GMLDP. This group brings a rich set of skills and experiences to our future leaders pool. In addition, I'm always impressed by what they're able to contribute to their teams.

Brad Gammons, General Manager, Global Energy & Utilities Industry

Brad Gammons, General Manager, Global Energy & Utilities Industry

The GMLDP program provides a unique opportunity to IBM and the talented members of this community to experience each other and learn and grow together, while making an impact on our clients and IBM. I have had the pleasure of working with four members of the community. Now they each brought unique talents but all have possessed strong leadership, critical thinking, market place and design thinking capabilities. This matched with a youthful point of view has been critical to the creation and advancement of the environmental point of view now imbued in our industry and the Green Horizon Initiative lead out of China. In my view this program is a gem that deserves continued and deeper investment, along with a even more visible platform within the company.

Jay Bellissimo, General Manager of BM Cognitive Solutions

Jay Bellissimo, General Manager of BM Cognitive Solutions

I have had the privilege of hiring several GM LDPers and graduates from the program into roles within Watson and the Cognitive Solutions Team, as well as have worked many of them who serve as Support Consultants in the Global Enablement Team (GET) program that I co-chair. I have found that their diversity of industry and functional experiences both from outside of IBM and across IBM, their global view of the world, combined with their business acumen and drive, bring fresh energy and perspectives to any role, whether in sales, consulting, strategy or even as my Executive Assistant.

Your journey begins here


Join us and be part of a diverse and global team of thinkers and doers. Work with extraordinary,
insightful, imaginative people in an environment that cultivates creativity and individuality.


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How to apply?

Explore our job opportunities and submit your resume online.

Your skills and experience will be reviewed and if a potential match one of our hiring team will invite you to an interview.

IBM uses behavioral-style interviewing to learn what you have accomplished and what skills you have.

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