Biographical data on IBM’s Virginia Rometty

NAME: Virginia M. “Ginni” Rometty

AGE: 54

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.