International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) Creates IoT Unit, Taps Harriet Green To Lead The Division
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) continues to reorganize the leadership structure of its various business arms. In the latest move, the company has created a unit dedicated to Internet of Things (IoT) projects and named Harriet Green as its general manager. The move comes hot on the heels of naming Deborah DiSanzo to lead the IBM Watson Health unit.
Reorganization at International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) continues to unfold, and the reforms also appear to be gaining momentum. Immediately after revealing the manifesto and leadership of Watson Health, IBM has formed a division that will take care of IoT initiatives. Within the IoT unit, there will be a division that will drive IoT education. Both the main IoT unit and the education division will be led by Harriet Green, a former CEO of Thomas Cook Group.
Who is Harriet Green?
Green’s leadership career goes far beyond being at the helm of Thomas Cook Group. She previously held the CEO post at Premier Farnell and also worked as an executive at Arrow Electronics. IBM hopes to benefit from her experience in transforming businesses.
As the general manager of IoT, Green will lead a unit with over 2,000 workers. In the next four years, International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) intends to invest $3 billion on projects relating to Analytics, Cloud and cognitive computing technologies.
Taking on Cisco and others
Even before separating the IoT unit, IBM had closed IoT-related deals with AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and The Weather Company. With now a more focused IoT division, IBM can be seen preparing for a major duel with Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) and General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), which are also active in enterprise-leaning IoT offerings.
What’s in these new executive ranks?
Although International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) may not say it directly, there seems to be more than meets the eye in the new executive ranks the company is creating. The ongoing organization and leadership reforms in the company seem to bear resemblance to what Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) did recently by creating Alphabet. IBM is apparently tapping innovators to lead innovation and that is exactly why Google came up with Alphabet, a holding company that also saw the separation of Google X from the parent.
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