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Bob Picciano

Senior Vice President, IBM Cognitive Systems

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Bob Picciano is Senior Vice President, Cognitive Systems. In this role, Bob and his team are responsible for driving innovation around IBM’s Cognitive Systems capabilities—including advanced AI, machine learning, deep learning and natural language processing --- to support expanding traditional and cognitive workloads.

Under his leadership, the Cognitive Systems team will partner with IBM Research, Servers, Storage, System z and the Hybrid Cloud organizations, ecosystem partners, clients and other collaborators to accelerate the transformation of computing for the Cognitive Era. Bob also champions and advances IBM’s leadership in the technologies that underpin cognitive computing, including Power Systems, the best systems for compute-intensive workloads like AI, as well as high-performance computing and structured analytics. The overall goal is to help clients and industries accelerate and scale insight to elevate our understanding of consumers, markets, risks and opportunities––while continuing to advance innovation and discovery. 

Prior to his current position, Bob was Senior Vice President, IBM Analytics, where he had global responsibility for the strategy, go-to-market and management of the world’s largest –– and market leading –– analytics business. In this role, Bob drove a number of very important strategic initiatives, including IBM's acquisition of The Weather Company and the launch of Watson Data Platform, the first AI-powered collaboration platform for all data professionals, powered by Watson, on the IBM Cloud.

Bob also held a number of key leadership positions within IBM’s Software franchise, which included leading Sales as well as the Information Management and Collaboration portfolio teams. In addition, Bob led the worldwide development and support of DB2 Linux, Windows and Unix platforms at the IBM Software Development Laboratory in Markham, Canada and, in a prior role, was responsible for the development of the database portfolio.

Bob began his IBM career in 1987 in Bethesda, Maryland, as a software developer and holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Northeastern University. A proud father of two daughters and the husband of a software engineer, Bob is a strong advocate of diversity and equal opportunity in the workplace.