Editor's note: This story was part of TheStreet's 10-part Top Business Leaders of Tomorrow series.ARMONK, N.Y. ( TheStreet) -- The New York Jets were kicking off their third NFL season when Steve Mills joined IBM ( IBM - Get Report) as a 22-year old college grad in 1973. Some 37 years later, the Jets have yet to add to their sole Superbowl victory, and Mills, an avid fan of Gang Green since the 1960s, has emerged as one of the key players at IBM. More Top Leaders: Athenahealth's Jonathan Bush >> The 59-year old Long Islander was largely unknown to folks outside of tech until earlier this year, when he was touted as a possible replacement for HP's ( HPQ)ousted CEO Mark Hurd. Credited with formally creating IBM's software group in 1995, Mills has turned it into a $22.5 billion division with a 25,000-strong sales force and a 100,000-strong partner network. Earlier this year, IBM appointed Mills as head of its systems business, putting him charge of both hardware and software.
|Steve Mills, Group Executive -- Software & Systems, IBM.|