Who Inspire Us
general manager of global industries, IBM's worldwide industry-specific
sales units, Linda Sanford is responsible for managing relationships
with IBM's large customers, who generate about 70 percent of the
company's revenue. She is currently one of the four highest-ranking
women at IBM,
the highest-ranking technical woman and the co-chair of IBM's Women's
Prior to assuming her current position, Sanford was general manager
of IBM's S/390 Division, which develops, manufactures and markets
large-enterprise systems. During the early 1990s, she guided the
division through one of the most comprehensive product transformations
the computer industry has ever seen, reinventing S/390 as an open,
enterprise-level server for Internet-based e-business applications.
joined IBM in 1975 as an engineer in the typewriter division. She
has since held a number of executive positions at the company, including
executive assistant to the chairman of the board and director of
IBM Networking Systems.
Sanford has been named to the Hall of Fame of Women in Technology
International and is a member of the National Association of Engineers.
She has been named one of the Top 10 Innovators in the Industry
by Information Week magazine, one of the 10 Most Influential
Women in Technology by Working Woman magazine and one of
the 25 Most Influential Working Mothers by Working Mother
magazine. She is also on the board of ITT Industries.
Sanford is a graduate of St. John's University and earned an M.S.
in operations research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She
is married with two children, plays piano and coaches basketball.