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Stanley S. Litow

Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President, IBM International Foundation


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Stanley S. Litow is IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of IBM’s Foundation. Under his leadership, IBM has been widely regarded as the global leader in Corporate Citizenship, and praised for societal and environmental leadership, labor practices, and civic leadership. Under Mr. Litow, IBM has developed innovative voice recognition technology to help children and adults learn to read, a humanitarian virtual supercomputer to speed research on cancer and AIDS, and new digital imaging technology to improve water quality. Mr. Litow helped devise IBM’s Corporate Service Corps, a corporate version of the Peace Corps, to train and deploy thousands of IBM’s future leaders; the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), a grade 9 through 14 schools initiative to engage companies, colleges, communities and schools to help strengthen America’s economic competitiveness by connecting education to jobs; and IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge, which is helping 100 cities worldwide become more effective.

Mr. Litow is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at major conferences on philanthropy and corporate leadership in the U.S. and around the world. He has served on the President’s Welfare to Work Commission, and currently serves on the board of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, The Citizens Budget Commission, The After-School Corporation and the Albert Shanker Institute. 

A prolific author, Mr. Litow’s articles and commentary have appeared in publications including: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, the Bush Center Blog, Education Week, HBS Working Papers, The Huffington Post, Newsday, The New York Times, the New York University Annual Survey of American Law, the Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Monograph (Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan), U.S. News & World Report, The Yale Law Journal and publications of the American Academy of Sciences. 

Mr. Litow is the recipient of the Council on Foundation’s prestigious Scrivner Award for creative philanthropy. He also has been recognized by the Anne Frank Center, the Coro Foundation, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and other philanthropic organizations for his commitment to service and leadership. Mr. Litow has twice been voted CEO of the Year by Corporate Responsibility Officer magazine, and IBM’s efforts to improve American education have won the company two Ron Brown Presidential Awards for Corporate Leadership. 

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Litow’s career in public and nonprofit leadership included service as Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools, and founder and CEO of Interface, a nonprofit think tank.

May 2012

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