NAME: Virginia M. “Ginni” Rometty
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science degree with honors in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Joined IBM Corp. in 1981 as a systems engineer. In her current role as an IBM senior vice president, Rometty is in charge of the company’s global sales and marketing.
NEW ROLE: Effective Jan. 1, 2012, Rometty will become IBM’s president and CEO and the first woman to lead the century-old company.