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Michelle H. Browdy

Senior Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, and General Counsel


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Michelle Browdy became IBM’s Senior Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, and General Counsel on January 1, 2015.  She reports to IBM’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ginni Rometty.  Michelle is responsible for IBM’s global legal, security, privacy and compliance activities and policies, as well as IBM’s environmental and government and regulatory affairs functions.

Michelle most recently served as Secretary to IBM’s Board of Directors from 2012-2014.  Prior to that position, she served for five years as IBM’s worldwide head of litigation, overseeing IBM’s intellectual property, antitrust/competition, employment, class action, securities and commercial litigation globally.

Since coming to IBM, Michelle has served as a Board member of the Pro Bono Partnership, Vice President of the Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Association, and was appointed by the Chief Judge of New York State to the Commercial Division Advisory Council in 2013.  She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Before joining IBM, Michelle was a partner with the law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, trying a variety of complex cases across the United States.  She has also acted as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois and taught Trial Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law. 

Michelle received a B.S.E., summa cum laude, from Princeton University; an S.M. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University; a J.D. from The Yale Law School, where she served as Managing Editor of The Yale Law Journal; and clerked for the Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.  She is admitted to the bar in Illinois and New York State, and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.