The 25 Most Influential Of 2014


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20. Ginni Rometty

Chairman, President, CEO

IBM

Ginni Rometty knows what needs to be done to make IBM a leader in the cloud, big data and analytics. And she's getting it done. Case in point is Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM's SoftLayer acquisition, which is paying off in big cloud computing gains with 86 percent year-over-year growth in the second quarter. Other big bets: the Apple partnership, the acquisition of Cloudant and an ambitious bid to commercialize IBM's famed Watson cognitive computing platform.




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