The 10 Most Influential Executives Of 2011

9. Sam Palmisano

Chairman and CEO


Say it ain't so, Sam. Palmisano hands over the CEO reins effective Jan. 1, 2012, but remains as chairman. He provided a decade of masterful management that has made IBM a favorite of both customers and Wall Street. The company recorded 32 quarters of earnings per share growth and gained a foothold in emerging global markets and emerging technologies such as business analytics. File this one under a tough act to follow for Ginni Rometty, who replaces Palmisano.


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