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Diane Gherson

Senior Vice President, Human Resources, IBM


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Diane Gherson is senior vice president, Human Resources. As Chief Human Resource Officer for this 400,000 employee company, she is responsible for IBM's quality of leadership and talent, workforce strategies and HR operations worldwide.

Prior to this role, Diane was vice president, Talent for IBM. In that role, she led IBM's leadership development and succession planning, learning, career development, workforce management, global mobility programs and recruitment functions worldwide. During this time, IBM was named #1 in FORTUNE magazine's Global Top Company for Leaders study – the first company to earn this recognition two consecutive times.  Diane also was awarded a US patent in the field of predictive analytics.

Previously, Diane led Human Resources for IBM Global Business Services, where she was responsible for global HR strategy and execution and built out the firm’s global delivery center capability. From 2002-2005, she was vice president, Compensation and Benefits for IBM where she transformed the $30B portfolio to drive greater value for the enterprise.

Diane joined IBM in 2002 from consulting firm Towers Watson, where she was a partner for 8 years, and  led the firm’s worldwide employee and performance management compensation practice. 

Diane earned a Bachelor of Arts with honours from Trinity College, University of Toronto and a Master’s of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.  She also completed her course work toward a PhD in Management at M.I.T. Sloan School of Management.


January 2015