IBM Names Kathryn Guarini as Its CIO

February 28, 2021
Kathryn Guarini, IBM's New CIO

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) named a new chief information officer (CIO), Kathryn Guarini, a veteran Research Executive from IBM Research. She has spent two decades with IBM holding various technical, management, and executive positions in both research and development.

A doctorate in applied physics from Stanford University, Guarini had been the Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of Impact Science. She succeeds the outgoing CIO Fletcher Previn, who has departed “to pursue other opportunities” as mentioned in the IBM newsroom.

The new announcement comes in the wake of the 109-year-old company’s growth facelift efforts by focusing on artificial intelligence and hybrid-cloud computing.

Mr. Fletcher, who the organization said will work with Ms. Guarini “throughout the next few weeks” on the progress making the transition smooth.  

The IBM CIO role is one of the most challenging in the industry” said Gartner Inc. VP Chirag Dekate. As CIO, Ms. Guarini will manage a data innovation group of more than 12,000 employees who are accountable for overseeing IT infrastructure consumed by in excess of 350,000 IBM workers around the globe, he said.

Ms. Guarini’s other priorities will probably include harnessing those technologies IBM is focusing on for growth, he added.

The new announcement comes as IBM is attempting to help deals partly by concentrating on AI and hybrid cloud computing, in which organizations utilize their very own data centers and computing assets rented from others.

IBM has expressed its confidence in assisting companies in managing the complexities of such transitions, and helping them take advantage of artificial intelligence.

Assisting companies in deriving value from AI can be a difficult task, depending on the industry. The Wall Street Journal revealed a month ago that IBM is exploring the sale of its Watson Health unit, featuring the difficulties of building data sets that open the full value of AI in the medical care area.

Starting in spring 2017, when he was named CIO, Mr. Previn focused on client experience in the improvement of internal applications and frameworks, with an end goal to draw in and hold employees.

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