Dr Irving Wladawsky-Berger retired from IBM in May of 2007 after a 37-year career with the company, where his primary focus was on innovation and technical strategy. He led a number of IBM’s companywide initiatives including the Internet and e-business, supercomputing and Linux. In his emeritus role, he continues to collaborate with the company on major new market strategies like Cloud Computing and Smarter Planet.
In March of 2008, Irving joined Citigroup as strategic advisor, working on innovation and technology initiatives including the transition to mobile digital money and payments. Since 2005 he has been writing a weekly blog, irvingwb.com, and in April 2012 he became a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal.
Irving is visiting lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Engineering Systems Division, adjunct professor in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at Imperial College Business School, and senior fellow at the Levin Institute of the State University of New York. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Inno360, ID3 and the Corporation for National Research Initiatives; the InnoCentive Advisory Board; the Visiting Committee for the Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago; and the Advisory Board of USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab.
Irving was co-chair of President Clinton’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, as well as a founding member of the Computer Sciences and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. He is a former member of the University of Chicago Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratories, of the Board of Overseers for Fermilab and of BP’s Technology Advisory Council. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A native of Cuba, he was named the 2001 Hispanic Engineer of the Year.
Irving received an MS and a PhD in physics from the University of Chicago.