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Samuel J. Palmisano

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Samuel J. Palmisano is the chairman of the Center for Global Enterprise, a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of the contemporary corporation, the management science of the globally integrated enterprise (GIE), global economic trends, and their impact on society. The CGE was established in 2013 to help educate societal stakeholders – as well as leaders from the private sector, public sector, and academia – on the globally integrated economy and its promise for a better future.

Previously, he was chairman, president and chief executive officer of IBM until his retirement on December 1, 2012. Under his leadership, IBM achieved record financial performance, introduced Watson, and its Smarter Planet agenda. Mr. Palmisano recently was the vice chair of the Presidential Commission focused on enhancing national cybersecurity. Prior to that, he and Ambassador Negroponte co-chaired the task force on Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet for the Council on Foreign Relations.