Virginia Rometty’s First Week: What You Need To Know About IBM’s First Female CEO
9:56 am, January 6th | by Amy Tennery
We’re reaching the end of Virginia Rometty’s first week as CEO of IBM — and, predictably, we’re all clawing for any scrap of information about IBM’s first female leader. Is she changing a bunch of stuff? Is she keeping everything the same? The stories range from the profound to the mundane. And here’s a rundown of what you should know about Rometty’s first week.
– Rometty’s already made her first big buy. Rometty’s first acquisition is Green Hat, a software testing provider, according to the Wall Street Journal. She’s also promised to make $20 billion worth of buys in the next three years.
– Rometty is putting together her management team. Namely, she promoted Bruno Di Leo to sales chief and Bridget Van Kralingen as head of consulting, according to Businessweek. This is likely just the first step in a major management shakeup under her watch.
– Rometty doesn’t like email. Or, more precisely, she didn’t use email to greet her new underlings but rather a video uploaded to IBM’s “Facebook-like social network,” according to Wired. And apparently this was a news-maker, since former CEO Sam Palmisano was known to wax poetic about IBM’s various achievements in company-wide emails. Palmisano loved him some email. And, yes, Wired assures us the video went “viral” within the IBM offices.
– And, in case you were wondering, the comparisons to Hillary Clinton have already started.