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Diane Gherson

Senior Vice President, Human Resources


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Diane Gherson is senior vice president, Human Resources. In this position she is responsible for IBM's global human resource practices, policies and operations, and reports to Ginni Rometty, chairman, president and chief executive officer.

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.

Previously, Diane led Human Resources for IBM Global Business Services, where she was responsible for global HR strategy and execution across IBM's business consulting division. From 2002-2005, she was vice president, Compensation and Benefits for IBM. 

Diane joined IBM in 2002 from consulting firm Towers Watson, where she was principal and global practice leader for the worldwide employee rewards and performance management practice. Diane was with Towers Watson for 11 years, holding positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to Towers Watson, Diane was a senior consultant at the Hay Group from 1985-1991.

Diane holds a bachelor of arts from Trinity College, University of Toronto. She received a Master’s of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1980, and completed her course work toward a PhD in Management at M.I.T. Sloan School of Management in 1984.


June 2013