IBM (IBM) CEO Ginni Rometty said the technology giant will add about 25,000 new jobs in the U.S. as she and a slate of high-profile Silicon Valley executives head to President-elect Donald Trump's technology roundtable on Wednesday.
The employees will be added over the next four years, with 6,000 being hired by 2017, Rometty said late Tuesday in a USA Today editorial.
"This is not about white-collar versus blue-collar jobs, but about the 'new collar' jobs that employers in many industries demand, but which remain largely unfilled," Rometty added. "...We are hiring because the nature of work is evolving -- and that is also why so many of these jobs remain hard to fill."
Job creation is expected to be a major talking point during the roundtable at Trump Tower this afternoon. Tech leaders are also likely to discuss the impact of digitization on the economy, a notion that Rometty first penned in a letter to Trump shortly after he won the election.
Trump's transition team has not released a full list of attendees, but leaders from some of the nation's top tech companies are expected to be there, including Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook, Amazon (AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos and Tesla Motors (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk. Silicon Valley investor and transition adviser Peter Thiel, who is hosting the meeting, has largely been identified as the liaison between the president-elect and tech leaders.
Many of the ideas laid out in Rometty's earlier letter were echoed in her editorial, such as the importance of retraining workers to have the skill sets needed for jobs in cloud computing and service delivery, among other areas. To aid that cause, IBM will invest $1 billion in training and development of its U.S. employees over the next for years, Rometty said.
Rometty is also a part of Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum, a nearly 20-member group that includes Disney (DIS) CEO Bob Iger and Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric (GE) . Trump today announced that he would add Musk, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and PepsiCo (PEP) CEO Indra Nooyi.
While on the campaign trail, Trump criticized IBM and other companies for moving jobs overseas, claiming that the Armonk, NY-based company laid off 500 workers and shifted jobs to India.