Admiral Michelle J. Howard has been elected to IBM's board effective March 1, 2019. She was the first woman to become a four-star admiral and the first African-American woman to command a ship in the United States Navy.
Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer, said: "Admiral Howard is a groundbreaking leader with a distinguished career in military service. Her leadership skills, international perspective and extensive experience with cybersecurity and information technology will make her a great addition to the IBM board."
Admiral Howard is currently the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University, where she teaches in the areas of cybersecurity and international policy.