Ben’s first guest is Kathryn Guarini, IBM’s Chief Information Officer. Kathryn leads a global team of more than 12,000 employees whose mission is to create a productive environment for IBM’s 250,000+ employees worldwide and to deliver the future of IT. In part one, Kathryn discusses the importance of being outcome-focused, managing a global and virtual workforce during the pandemic, and the inspiration for her popular blog, Mother of Invention.
About Kathryn Guarini: Kathryn is IBM’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). She leads a global team of nearly 12,000 employees whose mission is to deliver the future of IT to propel IBM’s success and growth. The CIO organization operates as a centralized shared service, enabling IBM’s transformation to a hybrid cloud and enterprise AI company.
Prior to being named IBM CIO, Kathryn was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of IBM Research and Vice President for Impact Science. As COO, she led the IBM Research transformation to increase impact, extend technical eminence, and improve the operational efficiency of the division. This included responsibility for IBM’s annual Global Technology Outlook. In Impact Science, her team applied deep technical expertise to the most pressing global challenges facing society while advancing the underlying science. Specifically, Kathryn drove the global Research agenda around the Future of Climate, Health, and Work; Tech for Racial and Social Justice; and the Governance of Science and Technology.
Kathryn is passionate about leading teams, driving innovation, and delivering high-value solutions that meet the ever-changing needs of IT customers. Kathryn has held various leadership positions in research, development, and business. She began her career as a technical contributor at IBM Research, incubating cutting-edge science and technology innovations. She went on to lead global teams driving semiconductor, microprocessor, and systems development. Kathryn then took on product management responsibility for IBM Z and LinuxONE, including strategy, delivery, and go-to-market for platform growth initiatives.
Kathryn is a member of the IBM Acceleration Team, IBM Technology Team, IBM Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, IBM Privacy Advisory Committee, Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Inclusion and Diversity External Advisory Board, and the National Council for Expanding American Innovation (NCEAI).
Kathryn’s innovative technical research has been recognized with various industry awards. She holds more than 65 U.S. patents, and she is a prolific writer with over 60 technical publications. She is the author of the mother-of-invention.net blog about leadership, science, and innovation. Kathryn earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.S. degree from Yale University, both in applied physics. She is active in mentoring, inspiring, and recruiting scientists and engineers of all ages and advocating for greater diversity in the industry.