Jim Whitehurst to step down as IBM chairman amid leadership reshuffle

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In a surprise gesture, IBM announced today that Jim Whitehurst, who became president of IBM 14 months ago after IBM acquired Red Hat, resigned. No successor has been named.

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Whitehurst, who was previously the President and CEO of Red Hat, will remain as a senior advisor to IBM CEO Arvind Krishna and the management team.

Bridget van Kralingen, formerly senior vice president, global markets, will become senior vice president of special projects for a year and then plans to retire. Rob Thomas, who has held leadership roles in several areas of IBM including data and AI, hardware, services and software, will replace her as Senior Vice President, Global Markets.

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IBM CEO Arvind Krishna.

His departure was revealed in a Publish by Krishna who also introduced a series of other leadership changes, all effective immediately.

Tom Rosamilia, who led IBM’s systems business, becomes SVP, cloud and cognitive software. The replacement as Systems SVP is Ric Lewis, former SVP and general manager of the Software Defined and Cloud Group at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Finally, Kelly Chambliss has been promoted to SVP, Americas and Strategic Sales, Global Business Services to lead Global Strategic Sales and continue to lead IBM’s Americas business, and Roger Premo will lead a new business development team under the leadership of SVP and CFO Jim Kavanaugh.

Krishna has stated that Bob Lord will continue as SVP, Global Ecosystems.

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