Bernard S. Meyerson, Ph.D.

Chief Innovation Officer, IBM

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Dr. Meyerson, an IBM Fellow, serves as IBM’s Chief Innovation Officer.  He also drives technical strategy and corporate initiatives within IBM’s Corporate Strategy Organization. 

In 1980, Dr. Meyerson joined IBM Research, leading the development of high performance silicon:germanium communications technology. He founded and led IBM’s highly successful Analog and Mixed Signal business until 2003, moving on to lead IBM’s global semiconductor development alliances. Broadening his scope, in 2006 he assumed leadership of strategic alliances for the Systems and Technology Group.  In 2010 he assumed the role of Chief Innovation Officer, his team focusing on the early identification of major technical and/or business discontinuities impacting business and society, their driving innovation across the breadth of IBM as required to proactively address the opportunities such discontinuities create. In 2013, his team integrated into IBM’s Corporate Strategy function, responsible for the definition and execution of corporate-wide technical and business initiatives.

Dr. Meyerson is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering.  His numerous technical and business awards 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 more recently honored with 2011 Pake Prize of the American Physical Society, recognizing his combined original scientific research and subsequent leadership in creating a major new semiconductor business for IBM. Most recently Dr. Meyerson was honored by selection to present the 2014 Turing Lecture at the Royal Institute in London, and Universities of Cardiff, Manchester, and Edinburgh.  This honor is presented to one leader in information technology each year, in memory of Alan Turing, the individual credited with the creation of modern computer science.

For his innovation efforts, Dr. Meyerson was cited as “Inventor of the Year” by the New York State Legislature in 1998, “United States Distinguished Inventor of the Year” by the US IP Law Association and the Patent and Trademark office in 1999, and again recognized in May of 2008 as “Inventor of the Year” by the New York State Intellectual Property Lawyers Association. 

Dr. Meyerson’s presentation of IBM’s 5 in 5, the annual IBM effort to identify 5 predictions that will become a commercial reality, can be seen in the attached link.

Dr. Meyerson’s 2014 Turing Lecture presentation can be seen at: