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Arvind Krishna

Senior Vice President and Director, IBM Research


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Arvind Krishna is senior vice president and director, IBM Research. He is only the eleventh person to hold this position in the seven-decade history of the IBM Research labs. In this role, he helps guide the company’s overall technical strategy, overseeing a global organization of approximately 3,000 scientists and technologists located at 12 labs on six continents. 

Arvind was most recently general manager of IBM Systems and Technology Group’s Development and Manufacturing organization, responsible for the advanced engineering and development of a full technology portfolio, ranging from advanced semiconductor materials to leading-edge microprocessors, servers and storage systems. His team developed Power 8, the industry’s first processor designed for Big Data; introduced OpenPOWER; brought the world’s fastest 22nm silicon process to the market; announced Software Defined Storage scaling to exabytes; and brought other innovations across Mainframe and Storage products to the marketplace.

He was previously general manager of IBM Information Management, which included database, information integration and Big Data software solutions. Over his years in Information Management, Arvind helped grow the division’s revenue by roughly 50 percent through a mix of organic innovation and acquisition. Prior to that, he was vice president of strategy for IBM Software, where he identified more than 10 companies to acquire and led the integration of their operations into IBM. He has held several key technical roles in IBM Software and IBM Research, where he pioneered IBM’s security software business.

Arvind has an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the recipient of a distinguished alumni award from the University of Illinois, is the co-author of 15 patents, has been the editor of IEEE and ACM journals, and has published extensively in technical conferences and journals.