What Is the IBM Organizational Structure?

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The IBM company’s organizational structure consists of a board of directors responsible for the overall running of the company and board committees that cover specific areas of responsibility. In addition, executive officers take care of hands-on operations and are the voice of the company.

According to the corporate governance guidelines on the official IBM website, the board of directors ideally has between 10 and 14 members, though the certificate of incorporation specifies no fewer than 9 or more than 25. The number varies depending on the availability of suitable candidates and other circumstances. As of the 2014 proxy statement, the board has 13 members. The board of directors is responsible for annual self-evaluation and evaluation of the CEO.

The standing committees as of 2014 include the audit committee, the directors and corporate governance committee, the executive compensation and management resources committee, and the executive committee. As of 2014, the chairman of the board of directors, chairman of the executive committee and CEO of the company is Virginia M. Rometty. Other executive officers handle various aspects of the international business including sales and distribution, strategic partnerships, global technology services, human resources, marketing and communications, research, software and systems, and other specific aspects of organization and function.