Carlos Ghosn Elected to IBM Board of Directors

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ARMONK, N.Y. - 27 Jan 2004: The IBM board of directors today elected Carlos Ghosn to the board, effective March 1, 2004. Mr. Ghosn is co-chairman, president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Samuel J. Palmisano, IBM chairman and chief executive officer, said: "Carlos Ghosn's international business experience and perspective will make him a valuable addition to our board. We are very pleased that he will be joining the IBM board."

Mr. Ghosn, a director of Nissan since 1999, has served as co- chairman of Nissan since June of last year and as president and chief executive officer since 2001. He was chief operating officer of Nissan from 1999 to 2001.

In addition, Mr. Ghosn served as executive vice president of Renault S.A. of France from 1996 to 1999. From 1979 to 1996 he held a number of executive positions with Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin in Europe, Brazil and the U.S., the last being chairman, president and chief executive officer of Michelin North America, Inc., from 1990 to 1996.

Mr. Ghosn, 49, was born in Brazil and holds engineering degrees from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines de Paris in France. He is also a member of the board of directors of Alcoa, Inc., Renault S.A. and Sony Corporation.


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