Samuel J. Palmisano

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Samuel J. Palmisano was president
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 and chief executive officer
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 of IBM
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, which as of 2009 was the largest IT
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 company in the world and 45th largest company overall. He was elected chairman in October 2002, effective January 1, 2003, and has served as CEO since March 2002. Before he became CEO, Palmisano was president and chief operating officer
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 since 2000. Mr. Palmisano announced that he is stepping aside as CEO on October 25th, 2011. Ginni Rometty has been elected as the new CEO and President. Mr. Palmisano will continue to stay on after January 1st, 2012 as Chairman.

Education and personal life

Palmisano grew up in a large Catholic middle class
Middle class
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 family in Baltimore, Maryland. His father owned a body shop
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As an offensive lineman at Calvert Hall College High School
Calvert Hall College High School
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 in Baltimore, Maryland he prepared earnestly, studying pregame scouting reports and seldom missed a blocking assignment. He was also a union musician
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, and once played backup saxophone
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 for The Temptations
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He holds a bachelor's degree
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 in history from Johns Hopkins University
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 where he was member of Beta Theta Pi
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. He did well in football
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, offensive tackle, team co-captain
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) there, and turned down an opportunity to try out with the Oakland Raiders
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He met his wife, Gaier Notman, a 1969 alumna of Miss Porter's School
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, at an IBM training school.


Palmisano joined IBM in 1973 as a salesman, and was elected senior vice president and group executive of the Personal Systems Group in 1997. He was then promoted to senior vice president and group executive of IBM Global Services
IBM Global Services
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 in 1998, during the period when IBM shifted its focus from pure technology to embrace outsourcing
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 and other services. He became senior vice president and group executive of Enterprise Systems in 1999 when the systems group drove IBM's move to adopt the Linux
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 operating system
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Before leading IBM Global Services, Palmisano led the IBM strategic outsourcing business and before that he was president of an IBM subsidiary—Integrated Systems Solutions Corporation—which ultimately became IBM Global Services. As CEO of IBM, Palmisano has shifted many development and support positions to emerging markets.

He was elected to the board of ExxonMobil
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 in 2006. He is also the Honorary Chairman of National Engineers Week
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In November 2008, Palmisano, during a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations
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, outlined IBM's Smarter Planet
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While CEO of IBM in 2009, Samuel J. Palmisano earned a total compensation of $21,159,289, which included a base salary of $1,800,000, a cash bonus of $4,750,000, stocks granted of $13,517,401, no options, and other compensation of $1,091,888.

In 2010 Samuel J. Palmisano was awarded The Deming Cup
The Deming Cup
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, an excellence award presented by the W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity, and Competitiveness at Columbia Business School
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, for his ability to drive IBM to new levels of operational excellence and for his role in creating and leading IBM's Global Services business unit.

Mr. Palmisano announced that he is stepping aside as CEO on October 25th, 2011. Ginni Rometty has been elected as the new CEO and President. Mr. Palmisano will continue to stay on after January 1st, 2012 as Chairman.

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