Full biographyRod Adkins will retire from IBM at the end of 2014 after more than 33 years of service for the company. During this transition, he will continue to focus on several strategic corporate projects and client relationships. Previously, Mr. Adkins was senior vice president of Corporate Strategy since 2013. In this role he was responsible for leading continuous transformation across IBM and developing strategies that are linked to execution plans for a new era of computing, new markets and new clients.
Mr. Adkins was previously senior vice president of Systems and Technology Group, a position he held since 2009. In this role he was responsible for all aspects of IBM’s semiconductor, server, storage, and system software businesses, as well as the company’s Integrated Supply Chain and Global Business Partners organizations. Before heading all of Systems and Technology Group he was senior vice president of STG development and manufacturing, a position he held since 2007. Mr. Adkins has held a number of development and management roles in his IBM career, including general manager positions for the PC Company, UNIX Systems and Pervasive Computing.
Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2005, Mr. Adkins is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, and the National Society of Black Engineers, which in 2001 awarded him the Golden Torch Award for Lifetime Achievement in Industry. In 2011, Black Enterprise magazine chose Mr. Adkins as its Corporate Executive of the Year, and in 2002, Fortune magazine named Mr. Adkins one of the 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America.
He serves on the board of directors for United Parcel Service (UPS), the national board of the Smithsonian Institution and the board of directors for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. Mr. Adkins also serves on the Georgia Tech Foundation, Rollins College Board of Trustees, University of Maryland Baltimore County Board of Visitors, and the University of Miami College of Engineering Visiting Committee.
Mr. Adkins holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in physics from Rollins College, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Honorary Doctor degrees from both the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.