IBM has reshuffled its top management after Dennie Welsh stepped down as general manager of the Global Services Division through illness.
According to an internal memo sent by CEO and chairman Lou Gerstner to employees, Welsh is on open ended leave, ?which will last as long as Dennis needs to recuperate.?
His place in the IBM hierarchy is being taken by Sam Palmisano, formerly the head of the Personal Systems group.
Palmisano?s position is taken by David Thomas, who was largely responsible for IBM?s move into two-tier distribution, culminating three years ago in its Business Partners Charter.
Linda Sanford will take Thomas? position as the general manager of Global Industries. She formerly worked as general manager of the IBM S/390 group and now Dave Carlucci, the corporate CIO and VP of 'business transformation' will take her place.
Gerstner said in his memo that he will announce a successor to Carlucci later this month, making further changes in the pecking order inevitable.
Said Gerstner: ?Replacing someone like Dennie Walsh is never easy. There are many heroes behind the spectacular success of our services business but none stands out more than Dennie and his personal record of achievement.?
IBM refuses to describe the nature of Welsh?s illness, but Gerstner said that ?meeting this new challenge is going to require 100 per cent of his energy.?
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