IBM has announced the creation of two new business units, one focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) and the other on the education market, which will both be headed up by the former CEO of the Thomas Cook Group, Harriet Green.
IBM said that the IoT team will have some 2,000 consultants, researchers and developers to help meet the needs of businesses grappling with the IoT market.
Big Blue said that the education division will be formally launched later in the year with more information at that time.
Appointing Green is something of a coup for IBM after she turned the fortunes of Thomas Cook Group around after the recession, before surprisingly stepping down from the company in late 2014.
John Kelly, senior vice president, solutions portfolio and research at IBM, explained that the appointment is a huge boost for IBM.
“Throughout her career, across multiple geographies and cultures, she has consistently shown a deep understanding of the needs of her customers and clients, and how to help them achieve their goals and aspirations,” he said.
“Her creativity and vision will help organisations transform themselves to take fuller advantage of emerging data and cognitive technologies.”
Green added that she was “honoured” to join IBM and to help focus on such a new and emerging area of the technology market.
“The IoT will help enterprises and governments at every level unlock entirely new areas of opportunity and growth, and no company is better positioned than IBM to be the partner of choice as these organisations embrace its potential,” she said.
“Likewise, education is being transformed by technology and IBM is incredibly well positioned to help leaders in the field enable this change.”
Green has also served as CEO of Premier Farnell, a high-service distributor of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, including the Raspberry Pi, and was awarded an OBE for services to electronics in June 2010.
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