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The company and person I have chosen to analyse and retrieve information about are IBM and its CEO Samuel J. Palmisano and Louis V. Gerstner. Gates.

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Introduction For my Key Skills lesson I have been asked to choose a person (living or dead) who has achieved something special in their lifetime. This achievement should be related to the computer and electrical goods area. Research Plan The company and person I have chosen to analyse and retrieve information about are IBM and its CEO Samuel J. Palmisano and Louis V. Gerstner. Gates. I will use a number of methods to retrieve the information. The first will be to use my knowledge of IBM, as it is an every-day household name. The second will be to use a variety of different media's such as Books, Magazines, People, Newspapers, TV and the most important, the Internet. I have chosen to not only look at the IBM Corporation, but to also research the founder of IBM and the previous CEO's. I will cover information about when IBM was formed and how, how well it has performed, the current products in today's world. International Business Machines (I.B.M) International Business Systems also more commonly know as IBM strive to lead in the creation, development and manufacture of the industry's most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices and microelectronics. ...read more.


Palmisano succeeds Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., (below right) who will remain IBM chairman through the end of 2002. With this announcement, IBM recognized the role and impending departure of Mr. Gerstner, who led the company's transformation in the 1990s into a consumer-focused global enterprise dedicated to leadership in services and technology. In outlining the transition at the "top of the business," the IBM announcement extended the lineage of leadership that began almost a century ago. IBM has been guided by eight chairmen of the board since its founding as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (C-T-R) in 1911. Under their stewardship over the years, IBM has grown from a $4 million business with some 1,200 employees to an $86 billion enterprise employing more than 319,000 men and women around the world. In chronological order, IBM's former and current chairmen are . . . Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., was named chairman and chief executive officer of IBM on April 1, 1993. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Gerstner served for four years as chairman and chief executive officer of RJR Nabisco, Inc. This was preceded by an 11-year career at American Express Company, where he was president of the parent company and chairman and CEO of its largest subsidiary, American Express Travel Related Services Company. ...read more.


Palmisano joined IBM in 1973 in Baltimore, Maryland. Financial Information The following information is financial information I have gathered from a number of sources. Revenue (2001): $85.9 Billion Net Income (2001): $7.7 Billion Total Assets (2001): $88.3 Billion Number of Employees (2001): 319,876 Stockholders of Record (2001): 673,967 Summary/Conclusion I feel that IBM is a company which has achieved a lot because it is a large commercial company which has revolutionised the world and what it is today, they have been around for over a Century. IBM where the first to invent and offer the products to the public, such as Laser Disks and Floppy Disk invented in 1968 onwards. These are now one of the more commonly used computer components since they where invented. They also helped land the first man on the Moon. Without the skills and experience IBM had, this would not have been possible. This has led to us learning a lot more about space than we ever knew before. Not only have we benefited from the technology that IBM has provided us but IBM has gained a lot too. They have gained revenue of over $88.3 Billion which is a huge amount of money. Some of this money has gone to funding research. The have also help the economy by providing more than Three Hundred Thousand people across the world with work. - 1 - ...read more.

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