ARMONK, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
The IBM (NYSE:IBM) board of directors today elected Admiral Michelle J.
Howard to the board, effective March 1, 2019.
Admiral Howard, 58, is a former United States Navy officer and the first
woman to become a four-star admiral. She was the first African-American
woman to command a ship in the United States Navy (the USS Rushmore).
Admiral Howard was also the first African-American and the first woman
to be named Vice Chief of Naval Operations when she was appointed to
that role by the President in July 2014. She retired in December 2017 as
the commander of United States Naval Forces in Europe and Africa and the
Allied Joint Forces Command in Naples, Italy, after a distinguished
Admiral Howard is currently the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Visiting
Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University,
where she teaches in the areas of cybersecurity and international policy.
Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer,
said: “Admiral Howard is a groundbreaking leader with a distinguished
career in military service. Her leadership skills, international
perspective and extensive experience with cybersecurity and information
technology will make her a great addition to the IBM board.”
Admiral Howard graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982
and from the United States Army’s Command and General Staff College in
1998 with a master’s degree in military arts and sciences. She was the
first female graduate of the Naval Academy to be promoted to flag
She has received honorary degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
American Public University and North Carolina State University, and is
the recipient of many honors, including the NAACP Chairman’s Image
Award, the French Legion of Honor and the KPMG Inspire Greatness Award.
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