Rich Hume has been General Manager of IBM Europe since January 2012. Before this, he was General Manager of IBM Global Business Partners since May 2008, and was responsible for leading the organization that supports IBM's approximately 120,000 Business Partners globally. In January 2010, Rich's channel role was expanded to oversee IBM's midmarket client segment.
Since joining IBM in 1984, Rich has held a series of leadership positions including General Manager of IBM's x86-based System x server division where he reinvented the System x supply chain to optimize profitability for IBM and its Business Partners. He was also General Manager of operations, IBM Global Business Solutions, where he managed the global business processes that support sales and delivery of IBM’s consulting services. Prior to these roles, Rich led a variety of IBM organizations, including its Personal Computing Division in North America and ibm.com globally. Rich also has extensive experience in IBM's Finance function where he served as the CFO of IBM's PC business, prior to its sale.
Rich graduated from Pennsylvania State University with an undergraduate degree in accounting and was previously a CPA.