IBM is considered a national treasure for its R&D prowess. The responsibility for directing a kingdom comprised of 3,000 employees at eight laboratories in six countries around the world goes to Kelly, whose team has consistently earned more U.S. patents than any other R&D organization. In 2008, IBM became the first company ever to earn more than 4,000 U.S. patents in a single year. For his leadership, Kelly was awarded the prestigious Semiconductor Industry Association’s Robert N. Noyce award in 2009. Look for Kelly to continue to push innovative products to market that make IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative a success for IBM partners and customers.