MikeDaniels8442 4x6final2(1) IBM V.P. Mike Daniels departs after 36 years stint

IBM has recently announced that their Senior Vice President, Mike Daniels, is retiring after 36 years with the company.

Mike Daniels, who started with IBM at a mere 22 years of age, will be departing the company on March 31, 2013.  Oddly enough, Daniels will not receive a direct replacement, but IBM will fill his position with two new positions.

According to an IBM spokesperson, Erich Clementi, who serves as senior vice president for global technology services, and a Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president for global business services, will be filling in Daniels spot when he departs.  Both Clementi and Kralingen will report directly to the CEO. 

"Mike Daniels has worldwide responsibility for Services, which includes outsourcing, consulting and systems integration, application management, integrated technology services, maintenance and technical services, and global delivery,” reads his IBM website biography. “Together, these businesses account for more than half of IBM revenue.”

Daniel’s once served as head of Global Services in the Asia Pacific region and as IBM’s Sales and Distribution operations in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.  He also had many other positions that included responsibility for sales in regards to IBM’s information technology products, marketing, and services.  Daniels was seen by many as an economizer in regards to saving money for IBM and a trailblazer in regards to computer management services.  

Daniels was nearly picked as CEO of the company but was passed over for Ginni Rometty just over a year ago.  Rometty also became the company’s first female in charge of operations.

IBM was a leader and groundbreaker in computer development.  The company is credited with the invention of the hard disk drive, the magnetic stripe card, the relational database, the UPC, DRAM and many more.