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    Q   Who was IBM's first woman senior executive?    
    A   Ruth M. Leach was selected as a IBM vice president in 1943 at the age of 27, and as such was one of the first women to hold an executive position in any company and the first ever to hold a corporate office with IBM. Her association with IBM began in 1939 when she worked as a demonstrator at the company's Gallery of Science and Art at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco. At the close of the fair, she attended Systems Service Class 448. In 1940, Leach was promoted to the post of instructor with the Department of Education at Endicott, N.Y., and in October 1941, she was elevated to the position of secretary of education for women. She subsequently was named manager of the IBM Systems Service Department and in November 1943 was elected a vice president by the Board of Directors. During her business career, Leach received widespread recognition in the press and won many honors.      
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