Krishna takes over as Rometty as CEO of IBM

Bangalore: IBM veteran Arvind Krishna took over as CEO of the $ 80 billion company on Monday, replacing Ginny Rometty. In his first message to IBM employees, the IIT alumnus Kanpur noted that he was taking office during a global public health crisis, unlike any we have ever faced.

This global pandemic is affecting everyone and has altered the rhythms of our daily lives. This crisis is also changing the amount of us that work, he wrote.

He told the IBMers to deepen their understanding of IBM's two strategic battles: the journey to the hybrid cloud and AI. IBM, he noted, has already built durable mainframe, service and middleware platforms, and all three continue to serve their customers. I think now is the time to build a fourth hybrid cloud platform. An essential and ubiquitous hybrid cloud platform that our customers will trust to do their most critical work in this century. A platform that can last even longer than the others, ”he said.

With the acquisition of Red Hat, IBM now has a much stronger cloud practice. Krishna said that the IBMers should win the architectural battle in the cloud. There is a unique opportunity for IBM and Red Hat to establish Linux, Containers, and Kubernetes as the new standard. We can make Red Hat OpenShift the default for the hybrid cloud in the same way that Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the default for the operating system, ”he said.

Krishna also announced a series of leadership changes. Jim Whitehurst, who was CEO of Red Hat, in his new role as president will head IBM's strategy as well as the cognitive and cloud software unit. Bridget van Kralingen will become SVP of world markets. Paul Cormier, a Red Hat veteran, will become the Red Hat CEO. And Howard Boville will join IBM from Bank of America on May 1 to become SVP of the cloud platform.