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A file photo of Arvind Krishna. Photo: Matt Carr
A file photo of Arvind Krishna. Photo: Matt Carr

Meet Arvind Krishna, the IIT Kanpur graduate who will be new CEO of IBM

  • Arvind Krishna, 57, who spearheaded the Red Hat deal - IBM's biggest purchase in its 108-year history, will take over in April
  • Arvind Krishna currently leads the IBM business unit that provides the cloud and data platform

International Business Machines Corp Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty will hand over the reins to the head of the company's cloud business, as the pioneer tech company continues its efforts to rejuvenate itself.

Arvind Krishna, 57, who spearheaded the Red Hat deal - IBM's biggest purchase in its 108-year history, will take over in April.

Experts believe that the IBM will likely continue its trajectory under Krishna, but may pursue more small acquisitions in the cloud and analytics space.

Arvind Krishna currently leads the IBM business unit that provides the cloud and data platform on which the company’s clients build the future. His responsibilities include IBM Research, IBM Cloud, and IBM’s Security and Cognitive Applications businesses.

Arvind currently leads the unit’s strategy, product design, offering development, marketing, sales and service. He also guides IBM’s overall strategy in core and emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, blockchain, cloud platform services, data-driven solutions, and nanotechnology.

Previously, he was general manager of IBM Systems and Technology Group’s development and manufacturing organization, responsible for developing and engineering advanced semiconductor materials through microprocessors, servers, and storage systems.

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Prior to that, Arvind was general manager of IBM Information Management, which included database, information integration, and big data software solutions. He served as vice president of strategy for IBM Software. He also held several key technical roles in IBM Software and IBM Research, where he pioneered IBM’s security software business.

Arvind has an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK) and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the recipient of distinguished alumni awards from IITK and the University of Illinois, is the co-author of 15 patents, has been the editor of IEEE and ACM journals, and has published extensively in technical conferences and journals.

With inputs from agencies

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