10 Fast Facts About Ginni Rometty, the First Female CEO of IBM

Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty — or Virginia Marie Rometty — is a force to be reckoned with. A corporate triple threat, Ginni is the current chairman, president, and CEO of IBM — and the first woman to lead the company.

Here are 10 other facts about Ginni:

1. She was raised by a single mom outside Chicago. Along with her three siblings.

2. She started at IBM in 1981 as a systems engineer. And has been there ever since, working in sales and management positions.

3. Her first big, influential role at IBM was overseeing the integration (and $3.5 billion purchase) of consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. And she rocked it. Former IBM CEO Samuel J. Palmisano told The New York Times, “She did the deal, and she made it work.”

4. She was a Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority sister at Northwestern University. And became sorority president by her senior year.

5. She went to college on a scholarship from General Motors. She interned with GM while she was a junior and senior. Ginni eventually worked for the company for two years after graduating.

6. She doesn’t drink coffee. Ginni is a tea lady.

7. Her husband, Mark Anthony Rometty, has always been an equal partner in their marriage. Ginni has said of their partnership, "He has always done his fair share of everything.”

8. She is only the third woman in history to be offered a membership to the ultimate boys’ club: Augusta National. The other two members are former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore, partner of the private investment firm Rainwater, Inc.

9. Her signature look is a meticulously placed headband. She makes it work.

10. In 2015, it was reported that she will receive a salary of $1.6 million. And $3.6 million in bonuses.

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