Diane Gherson

Senior Vice President, Human Resources, IBM

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Diane Gherson is senior vice president, Human Resources for IBM. As IBM's Chief Human Resource Officer,  Diane is helping to accelerate IBM’s transformation through leadership, differentiated talent models, attracting and developing the best talent and building a culture of engagement, agility and innovation. Under Diane's leadership, IBM has instituted ground-breaking solutions for optimizing global workforce outcomes through talent analytics and data, with special emphasis on predictive analytics as a cornerstone of how IBM manages human resources.

In her 13 years with IBM, Diane has had extensive experience leading organizational transformations. Prior to her current role, she was the vice president, Talent, where she integrated IBM's talent functions to deliver faster end-to-end solutions in the areas of skills, careers, succession, performance management, attraction and retention. During her tenure, IBM was named #1 in FORTUNE magazine's Global Top Company for Leaders study – the first company to earn this recognition two consecutive times.  Her other roles have included leading human resources for IBM Global Business Services, where she drove large scale growth in the consulting and applications management business. Diane joined IBM as the vice president, Compensation and Benefits for the corporation. In this position, she refreshed and transformed the $30B compensation and benefits portfolio to drive substantial value for the enterprise.

Diane was named as one of the 2015 Fifteen Most Powerful Women in HR by HR Executive. Her 2015 essay "HR Disrupted: The Next Agenda for Transformation and Delivering Value" was featured in The Rise of HR: Wisdom from 73 Thought Leaders,an anthology of essays on critical issues facing business and talent professionals. In 2013, Diane was awarded a U.S. patent in the field of predictive analytics. Diane serves on the board of directors of both the HR Policy Association and the American Health Policy Institute.

Prior to IBM, Diane was a partner with consulting firm Towers Watson, overseeing the global employee and performance management compensation practice.

Diane earned a Bachelor of Arts with honours from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and a Masters degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. While she chose not to complete the degree, she also attended MIT as a PhD candidate at the Sloan School of Management. Diane lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and is married with two children.