Sam Palmisano was named chief executive officer of the IBM Corporation effective March 1, 2002.
Appointed president and chief operating officer in September 2000, Mr. Palmisano has been responsible for managing day-to-day operations for IBM. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Palmisano was senior vice president and group executive for IBM's Enterprise Systems Group, with responsibility for IBM's server family and the Storage Subsystems Division. In January 1998, Mr. Palmisano was named senior vice president and group executive for IBM Global Services. Managing some 135,000 employees, he was responsible for the worldwide operations of IBM Global Services, the world's largest IT services provider. Before that, Mr. Palmisano was senior vice president and group executive for IBM's Personal Systems Group, which included IBM's personal computer and network computing businesses.
Mr. Palmisano assumed responsibility for IBM's strategic outsourcing business in January 1995. In January 1993, Mr. Palmisano was appointed president of Integrated Systems Solutions Corp. (ISSC), an IBM wholly owned subsidiary, and now part of IBM Global Services. ISSC was responsible for providing a variety of information technology services solutions and advanced network services. He became chief executive officer of ISSC in October 1993. Before joining ISSC, Mr. Palmisano was IBM Japan's senior managing director of operations.
A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Palmisano joined IBM in 1973 in Baltimore, Maryland.