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IBM May Get New CEO On 100th Birthday

International Business Machines IBM might be planning to install a new CEO at its helm as the company completes its 100 years.

Apart from the hundred year anniversary, the company’s CEO Sam Palmisano will be turning sixty in July, the age at which IBM CEO’s name their successors.

A report (opens in new tab) on Business Week has put forward three likely candidates, from within IBM that can become the CEO of America’s second most valuable tech company after Apple.

The first on the list is 53 year old Virginia "Ginni" Rometty, a 30-year veteran who currently heads Big Blue’s sales division. Rometty has previously headed the services division at IBM and was responsible for overseeing the integration of consulting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers with the company. If she is selected, she will be the first female CEO of IBM.

Second in line after Rometty is Mike Daniels who is currently the head of services for IBM; a division that is responsible for 60 percent of Big Blue’s revenue. Apart from heading the services division, Daniels as done sometime in sales and has held a key position in Tokyo.

Rodney C. Adkins, the head of IBM’s hardware division is also a likely candidate but most analysts believe that he is least likely to become the next CEO.

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