IBM today confirmed that former Thomas Cook chief executive, Harriet Green, is joining the US technology company to head two new business units.
She has been named as vice president and general manager for the new units covering the ‘internet of things’ and education markets.
Green will be responsible for developing these and other new growth businesses.
IBM solutions portfolio and research senior vice president, John Kelly, said: “Harriet brings to IBM a strong, proven track record as a transformative leader.
“Throughout her career, across multiple geographies and cultures, she has consistently shown a deep understanding of the needs of her customers and clients, and how to help them achieve their goals and aspirations.
“Her creativity and vision will help organisations transform themselves to take fuller advantage of emerging data and cognitive technologies.”
IBM announced in March that it will spend $3 billion over the next four years to deliver new industry-specific cognitive computing technologies, cloud data services and developer tools from an unprecedented number of sources across the internet of things.
Green will lead a team of more than 2,000 consultants, researchers and developers dedicated to helping clients unlock value in new insights.
The new education unit will be formally launched later this year.
Green said: “I’m honoured to join IBM and to become part of a team that is shaping this exciting and transformative moment for industries.
“The internet of things will help enterprises and governments at every level unlock entirely new areas of opportunity and growth, and no company is better positioned than IBM to be the partner of choice as these organisations embrace its potential.
“Likewise, education is being transformed by technology and IBM is incredibly well positioned to help leaders in the field enable this change.”
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