Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., was named chairman and chief executive officer of International Business Machines Corporation ( 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. Prior to that, Mr. Gerstner was a director of the management consulting firm of McKinsey & Co., Inc., which he joined in 1965.
A native of Mineola, New York, Mr. Gerstner received a bachelor's degree in engineering from Dartmouth College in 1963 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1965. In 1994 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of business administration from Boston College, in 1997 honorary doctorate of laws from both Wake Forest University and Brown University, and in 1999 an honorary doctorate of engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1999 Mr. Gerstner was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and in April 2000 a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Mr. Gerstner is a director of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. He is vice chairman of the board of managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and also a member of the boards of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the America China Society and Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Gerstner is a member of The Business Council and a member of the president's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, as well as chairman of the Computer Systems Policy Project.
Mr. Gerstner previously served on the boards of American Express, AT&T, Caterpillar, Inc., The New York Times Co., and the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
A lifetime advocate of the importance of quality education, Mr. Gerstner is co-author of Reinventing Education: Entrepreneurship in America's Public Schools (Dutton 1994). He co-chairs Achieve, an organization created by U.S. Governors and business leaders to drive high academic standards for public schools in the United States. At IBM he has established Reinventing Education as the company's program in support of systemic school reform. Through Reinventing Education, IBM has initiated strategic partnerships with 21 states and school districts, which are utilizing IBM technology and technical assistance to eliminate key barriers to school reform and improve student performance.
He has received numerous awards for his work in education, among them the Cleveland E. Dodge Medal for Distinguished Service to Education - Teachers College, Columbia University, and the Distinguished Service to Science and Education award from the American Museum of Natural History. Mr. Gerstner is also the first recipient of Washington University's combined Excellence in Business, Engineering & Technology Award, and the first to receive the Visionary Award from New Visions for Public Schools.
Dr. Louis V. Gerstner
Chairman and Chief Executive IBM