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James J. Kavanaugh

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


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James J. Kavanaugh is responsible for leading IBM’s worldwide financial operations. As CFO, he oversees accounting and controllership, financial planning and analysis, tax, internal audit, investor relations, corporate development and treasury. Mr. Kavanaugh was appointed to this position in January 2018. He reports directly to IBM's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ginni Rometty.

He was previously senior vice president, Transformation & Operations, a position he held since January 2015 where he was responsible for enabling IBM’s transformation to a data driven cognitive enterprise. In this capacity, Mr. Kavanaugh was responsible for redesigning IBM’s operating model to align with fundamental market shifts, and driving new ways of working while incorporating speed and agility through the enterprise. Mr. Kavanaugh, as CFO, continues to oversee Transformation & Operations for IBM.

Prior to this role, Mr. Kavanaugh was IBM's Controller from May 2008 until January 2015. Before that, he held various finance leadership positions, responsible for covering all strategic and operational financial management, which included the vice president of finance for: IBM's Sales and Distribution worldwide, IBM's Americas Group covering the United States, Canada and Latin America and IBM EMEA, located in Paris, France overseeing 124 countries.

Mr. Kavanaugh joined IBM in 1996 from AT&T Corporation, where he was the chief financial officer, Americas Global Services. He earned his Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University.