Ginni Rometty is currently the chairman and CEO of IBM ( IBM), the first female CEO in IBM's history. Rometty has put in her time at the software and services giant, having spent over 30 years working up the corporate ladder.

Prior to taking the top spot, Rometty was IBM's Senior Vice President and Group Executive for Sales, Marketing, and Strategy. In previous roles, she was successful at integrating the acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting. Rometty has been heavily involved with expanding IBM throughout the world, establishing IBM's Growth Markets organization. In addition to her work at IBM, she currently serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Trustees at Northwestern University, and the Board at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Rometty earned her bachelors degree from Northwestern University, graduating with high honors in computer science and electrical engineering. Showing early signs of leadership potential, Rometty was also the president of her Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority chapter.

--Written by Katie Roof in New York--

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