CEOs reflect on 100 years of IBM: photos

CEOs reflect on 100 years of IBM: photos

Summary: IBM yesterday celebrated its 100th birthday in Sydney, bringing together five ex-managing directors — including Telstra CEO David Thodey — as well as current managing director Andrew Stevens. The six IT powerbrokers sat on a panel and waxed lyrical about what had changed over the 100 years since IBM started out selling cheese measurement equipment.

TOPICS: IBM, Telcos, Telstra

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    IBM Australia's super six.

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    Brian Finn

    Brian Finn spent 35 years in IBM, and headed up the company between 1980 and 1993.

    Finn said that one of his greatest successes was making IBM Australia a recognisable brand, and winning a number of contracts in the banking industry following its deregulation.

    "Nobody believed that IBM would be selected by all six of [the banks] to be the preeminent supplier [of technology], and that was a wonderful thing to have happen," he added.

    IBM doubled its revenues in a decade under Finn, but the executive said that the company's dream run quickly came to a standstill in the recession of the early 1990s, which he likened to "having a near-death experience" for IBM. The company lost almost half of its staff due to the hard times.

Topics: IBM, Telcos, Telstra

Luke Hopewell

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