Full biographyBridget van Kralingen is Senior Vice President, IBM Global Business Services, responsible for the strategy, execution and business results of IBM’s consulting, systems integration, digital agency, business process outsourcing and application management services across more than 170 countries. GBS has more than 100,000 consultants and practitioners creating value at the intersection of business insight and information technology for clients in all major industries.
Bridget led the establishment of the partnership between Apple and IBM to bring business apps to the enterprise market; established IBM Interactive Experience, the world's largest hybrid digital agency combining consulting, data, and world-class design to create new client experiences; and launched the world's first consulting practice for cognitive business.
Previously, Bridget was General Manager, IBM North America, responsible for revenue, profit and client satisfaction for the full range of IBM's business in the United States and Canada. Before that, she led Global Business Services in Northeast Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Bridget brings more than 20 years consulting experience to her current role. She joined IBM in April 2004 as global Managing Partner of the Financial Services Sector, following her tenure at Deloitte Consulting, where she was Managing Partner of the Financial Services Sector. She is a trained psychologist and began her career as a researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. Bridget is a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Bank of Canada. She also serves on the advisory board of Catalyst, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for women in business.
In addition, Bridget sponsors IBM’s pro-bono initiative in microfinance, which has created a cloud-based microfinance technology platform for Latin America and an open source microfinance core banking application with the Grameen Foundation. The initiative has also designed loan products and the operating model for microfinance in South Africa.
Since 2011, Bridget has been listed as one of Fortune Magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business". She was named by Euromoney Magazine as "One of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance in 2005" and one of Consulting Magazine’s "Top 25 Consultants for 2006".
She holds a Masters of Commerce degree from the University of South Africa and Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Witwatersrand.