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Bernard S. Meyerson, Ph.D.

IBM Fellow & Vice President, Innovation

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Dr. Meyerson is Vice President for Innovation and leads IBM’s Global University Relations Function . In that role he leads the creation of major IBM collaborative initiatives with companies and governments around the globe. He is also responsible for the IBM Academy, a self-governed organization of ~1000 technical executives and senior technical leaders from across IBM, this role focused on creating IBM’s next generation of executive technical leaders having a strong component of associated business skills. Dr. Meyerson was appointed to this position in October 2009. Dr. Meyerson is also a member of CEO Ginni Rometty’s Integration and Values Team, IBM’s small team of senior executives charged with integrating the business activities of IBM’s many disparate organizations and geographies.

In 1980, Dr. Meyerson joined IBM Research as a Staff member, leading the development of silicon germanium and other high performance technologies over a period of 10 years.  

In 1992, Dr. Meyerson was appointed IBM Fellow by IBM’s Chairman, this being IBM’s highest technical honor. In 2001, he was appointed Chief Technologist of IBM’s Technology Group, and in 2003 he assumed operational responsibility for IBM’s global Semiconductor R&D efforts. In that role Dr. Meyerson led the world’s largest semiconductor development consortium – members being IBM, Sony, Toshiba, AMD, Samsung, Chartered Semiconductor, and Infineon. Dr. Meyerson also was VP of Strategic Alliances and CTO for the IBM Systems and Technology group, inclusive its M&A practice.  

Dr. Meyerson is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has received numerous technical and business awards for his work, which include: the Materials Research Society Medal, the Electrochemical Society Electronics Division Award, the IEEE Ernst Weber Award, the Electron Devices Society J. J. Ebers Award, and the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from SEMI. He was most recently announced as having won the 2011 Pake Prize of the American Physical Society, honoring him for his combined original scientific research and subsequent leadership in managing a major business for IBM.  

Dr, Meyerson has a long record of service as an senior advisor to governments around the world, advising them on both R&D management as well as that of their commercial holdings. In 2005, working with then CFO Chia Song Hwee, Dr. Meyerson created the long-running technology co-development effort between Singapore’s Chartered Semiconductor and IBM. He similarly advised Singapore’s I2R Institute over the past 8 years. Dr. Meyerson currently serves on two Presidential Committees launched by the US National Academy of Sciences, the Board on Global Science and Technology, and the National Research Council Board Reviewing Best Practices in Assessing R&D Organizations. The later is a critical assessment of the metrics now required to do more comprehensive assessments of United States National Laboratories and the efficacy of the national investment therein. He has also served as advisor to the Ministry of Education, Technology, and Industry(METI) in Japan, recently leading joint efforts to reform R&D practices and National investments in Tsukuba, Japan. He similarly serves as IBM’s Partnership Executive for Japan, working to align with and aid IBM’s partner companies in Japan as they recover from the natural disaster and its consequences from the prior year.  

Dr. Meyerson and his team was the subject of a long-running study on the topic of innovation in large organizations, culminating in the 2001 Harvard Business School Press publication titled: “Radical Innovation; How Mature Companies Can Outsmart Upstarts.” More recently, a formal business case study of what has now evolved into IBM’s Global Strategy of Collaborative Innovation was featured as part of Harvard Business School’s 100th anniversary event in March of 2008, and the underlying case is now taught as part of the HBS MBA curriculum since January 2009. 

December, 2012