Dr Graham Spittle CBE

IBM Chief Technology Officer Europe & Vice President, Software Group

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Graham Spittle was appointed to his present role as CTO and VP, Software Group in January 2010. Previously he held several senior executive positions within IBM: Vice President, Software UKI (UK & Ireland); Vice President, Worldwide Integration Development; Director of the IBM Hursley Laboratory in the United Kingdom, and Director of MQ Development.

Graham joined IBM in 1985 at the Hursley Laboratory and has held professional and managerial positions in Business Operations and Software Development. His roles have included development and strategy responsibility for major IBM products such as CICS and Business Integration Middleware (including the MQSeries family), as well as Business Development responsibilities. From 1995 to 1997 Graham was on international assignment in Software Group located in New York. He has lectured and had articles published on Software Contracting and Intellectual Property. Graham lives in Hampshire and is married with two children.

In June 2008 Graham was appointed as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to industry. Graham received a Masters Degree from Edinburgh University, an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Southampton University, and an Honorary Degree from University of Surrey for his contribution to the Technology Strategy Board and for his immensely positive impact on the Higher Education. In addition to his IBM responsibilities, Graham holds a number of external positions:

Ÿ        Member of Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology

Ÿ        Chair of the Technician Council

Ÿ        Chair of the UK Technology Strategy Board 2004-2011

Ÿ        Director of The Foundation for Science and Technology

Ÿ        Fellow of the British Computer Society

Ÿ        Member of HM Higher Education Commission  

Ÿ        Member of Scottish Health Informatics Research Advisory Group

Ÿ        Visiting Professor University of Bristol

Ÿ        Visiting Professor University of Edinburgh

Ÿ        Visiting Professor University of Southampton

Ÿ        Member of the Council of Southampton University

Ÿ        Member of the Court of Benefactors of Oxford University