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David Stokes

Chief Operating Officer for Europe


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David Stokes is the Chief Operating Officer for IBM in Europe where he is responsible for day to day operations as well as leading major strategy and transformation programmes. This role continues on from David's extensive international leadership experience including assignments leading IBM's operations in the UK & Ireland and across Central & Eastern Europe as well as leading IBM's geographic expansion initiatives across Emerging Markets. In this capacity, he has extensive experience of working with senior business and government leaders across industries and geographies to help them develop and implement strategies to innovate and grow by bringing together technology and talented professionals. Before this he held a number of executive roles in IBM's Software Group and was responsible for the launch and expansion of IBM's WebSphere business across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

David is passionate about building high performing, engaged teams and developing skills that enable individuals to reach their potential whilst meeting the ever changing demands of the technology industry. He is an active champion of the importance of developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths(STEM) skills to help solve the skills shortage and drive growth in the economy. He has represented IBM on several external boards and associations including  the UK based Social Business Trust where he is a member of the Investment Committee. He is an active supporter of Gender Diversity as well as raising awareness of and supporting mental health in the workplace.

David was born in Sydney and has a First Class Honours Degree (with University Medal) from Sydney University. He is a citizen of Australia and the UK and has lived and worked in London, Sydney, Shanghai, Paris and Madrid. He is married with two children.