Great to hear about Arvind Krishna’s promotion to CEO of IBM to take over from Ginni Rometty.
It’s interesting to note that companies are increasingly opting for CEOs with a technical background as they look to maximize their opportunity in the world of cloud computing.
Arvind joins the likes of Satya Nadella at Microsoft, Sundar Pichai at Alphabet and Shantanu Narayen at Adobe. All of them Executives with a tech background that have gone on to become really rather good CEOs.
IBM announced today that the board of directors has elected IBM senior vice president for Cloud and Cognitive Software Arvind Krishna to replace current CEO Ginni Rometty. He will take over on April 6th after a couple of months of transition. Rometty will remain with the company as chairman of the board. Krishna reportedly drove the massive $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat at the end of 2018, and there was some speculation at the time that Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst was the heir apparent, but the board went with a more seasoned IBM insider for the job, while naming Whitehurst as president.