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5 Big Things To Know About IBM's New CEO Arvind Krishna

Despite being far less known than current IBM CEO Virginia Rometty, Krishna will bring a powerful combination of technological and operational experience to the role, according to the company.

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CEO Succession

The public face of tech industry giant IBM is about to change, with the announcement that Virginia Rometty will be succeeded as IBM CEO by Arvind Krishna (pictured) as of April 6. Rometty--who had been CEO since 2012, and led IBM during a period of financial decline--has decided to step away from the role to become executive chairman before retiring by the end of the year. Compared to the highly prominent Rometty, Krishna, who is IBM's senior vice president for cloud and cognitive software, is far less known in the tech industry. But Rometty said that the longtime IBM executive brings both technological and operational know-how, and "is the right CEO for the next era at IBM."

What follows are five big things to know about IBM's new CEO, Arvind Krishna.

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