IBM CEO Succession planning is impressive

Posted by on Oct 27, 2011 in Blog | 120 comments

IBM’s orderly CEO succession plan and corporate strategy stands in marked contrast to the

succession planning and strategy at its rival, HP.  As my colleagues and I have written in a

series of cases on the board process at HP, they have lurched from strategy to strategy and

CEO to CEO (usually outsiders) with unimpressive results.  Contrast this with IBM, which

has had a successful long-term strategy,  and has groomed a series of impressive executives

from within.  Best wishes to Rometty as she takes over the reigns of IBM.  Below are links

to some of the cases my colleagues and I have written about board processes at HP:

http://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cb/product/411056-PDF-ENG

http://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cb/web/product_detail.seam?E=1620&R=107030-HCB-ENG&conversationId=3755315

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