The 25 Most Influential Executives of 2009

You can't argue with success. It's hard to find a CEO who has done a better job providing a return on investment for shareholders in a tough year. IBM's shares started the year at $86.04 and were hovering around the $120 mark in November. He's the brains that made IBM a services power. And his SmarterPlanet bet is paying off big-time. Not only that, he gets high channel marks for updating IBM's Business Partner Charter. He's got one of the best minds in the business. We just wish he were more visible in the channel trenches.

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