IBM CEO Sam Palmisano announced a series of retirements and appointments among his executive staff. It continues IBM's tradition of promoting from within.
Nick Donofrio, executive vice president of Innovation and Technology and a 44-year veteran of Big Blue, is retiring on October 1, 2008. He will not be replaced directly, Palmisano said, but John Kelly, senior vice president of IBM Research, and Linda Sanford, senior vice president of IBM enterprise on demand transformation, will now report to the CEO.
Bill Zeitler, senior vice president and group executive of the Systems and Technology Group, will retire August 1. He spent 39 years as an IBM employee and launched the AS/400. He will be replaced by Bob Moffat, currently senior vice president of Integrated Operations and a 30-year IBMer.
In other appointments, Tim Shaughnessy, vice president and controller, will become senior vice president of Services Delivery, and Jim Kavanaugh will become IBM's Controller. Jon Iwata, senior vice president of Communications, will add marketing to his responsibilities on July 1, and Bruce Harreld, currently senior vice of IBM Marketing & Strategy, will become senior vice president of Strategy. Both will report to Palmisano. Iwata has been at IBM since 1984 and Harreld since 1995.