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CNET News.com: IBM taps new president, vice chairman

Jul 25, 2000, 00:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kanellos, Joe Wilcox)

"IBM has named Sam Palmisano to become its president and chief operating officer and John M. Thompson to the position of vice chairman in what could be the first stages of a succession plan for Lou Gerstner."

"The promotions of the longtime IBM veterans come at a time of inconsistent growth for Big Blue. In recent quarters, IBM has seen strong growth in software sales, microelectronics, notebooks and Web servers. On the other hand, the company has been losing market share in PCs while mainframe and services sales have been relatively lackluster recently.

"Palmisano, who was touted in the past as a candidate for the CEO slot at Apple and Hewlett-Packard, will assume responsibility for IBM's operating units, including all product and services divisions as well as the company's sales and distribution and global financing businesses. Thompson, meanwhile, will be responsible for integrating and accelerating IBM's efforts in emerging growth areas such as Internet services, wireless technology and Linux."

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