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IBM’s Rometty Breaks Ground as Company’s First Female Leader

International Business Machines Corp.’s Virginia “Ginni” Rometty has grown throughout her career by taking on challenges she’s never faced before. Now she’ll tackle something no one has ever done.

Rometty, 54, will become the first female chief executive officer in IBM’s 100-year history. The Armonk, New York-based company said yesterday she will succeed Sam Palmisano in the role effective Jan. 1. Palmisano, who has been CEO since 2002, will remain chairman.