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Linda S. Sanford

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Transformation

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Linda Sanford leads the strategy for IBM’s internal transformation to becoming the premier globally integrated, smarter enterprise. In this role, Ms. Sanford is responsible for driving the company’s ongoing reinvention spanning technology, operations and culture. She is responsible for executing organizational change to enable growth, productivity and innovation and achieve the goals of the IBM 2015 Roadmap.  

Previously Ms. Sanford has held a number of senior leadership positions at IBM, including heading the Storage Systems Group, Global Industries and the S/390 Division. During the early 1990s, she guided IBM’s flagship mainframe system through one of the most comprehensive product transformations the computer industry has ever seen, reinventing S/390 as an open, enterprise-level server. 

Ms. Sanford is a member of the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Engineering.  She has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business by Fortune Magazine, one of the Top Ten Innovators in the Technology Industry by Information Week Magazine, one of the Ten Most Influential Women in Technology by Working Woman Magazine, and one of the Top 15 Women in Business by PINK Magazine. 

Ms. Sanford co-authored “Let Go To Grow: Escaping the Commodity Trap” a book that details how successful companies are pursuing strategies to drive long-term growth and innovation. 

Ms. Sanford serves on the Board of Directors of The Business Council of New York State, Inc, the Partnership for New York City and ITT Industries.  Ms. Sanford serves on the Board of Trustees for The State University of New York, St. John's University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the New York Hall of Science. She is co-chair of the New York in the World Advisory Board. 

A graduate of St. John's University, Ms. Sanford earned an M.S. in Operations Research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was awarded an honorary doctorate in commercial science from St. John’s.  

July 2012