Samuel Palmisano

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Samuel Palmisano

Name: Samuel J. Palmisano

Born: July 30, 1951, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • President and chief executive officer of IBM (2000-2012).
  • Joined IBM in 1973 as a salesman, worked at IBM from 1973-2012.
  • Prepared the company for cloud computing, referred to on-demand computing inside IBM.
  • Led the sale of the PC group to Lenovo which closed in 2005.

Significant publications

  • Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet (2013).
  • Making the World Work Better: The Ideas That Shaped a Century and a Company (2011).
  • Leading Change When Business Is Good: The HBR Interview (2009).
  • Program like it's 1999. (solving the Millennium computer date problem) (2005).

Honors and awards

  • Awarded The Deming Cup (2010).
  • Honorary Chairman of National Engineers Week (2008).


"Tech never comes back the same."