Lauren States

Lauren States

Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow, Harvard University

Inducted in 2014

Lauren C. States is Vice President, Strategy and Transformation for IBM's Software Group Sales Division, responsible for the overall sales strategy and go-to-market for IBM's $25B+ software business.

Ms. States has held numerous executive positions within the company: Prior to her current position, she was Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, IBM Corporate Strategy, leading the technical strategy for IBM's growth initiatives with a focus on cloud computing, software, and systems technologies.

She has also served as Vice President, Technical Sales for the IBM Software Group, overseeing IBM's technical sales execution for IBM's 5,000+ globally dispersed technical sales professionals.

As a senior executive on IBM's Integration and Values Leadership Team, she was a leader in the company-wide transformation - responsible for the reshaping of IBM's skills development for IBM's 38,000+ sales force. Ms. States began her IBM career in 1978 in New York City as a systems engineer.

Ms. States serves as Chair of the Board of Visitors, Northeastern University, D'Amore-McKim School of Business, and as a member of the Board of Trustees, International House, New York. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC).

Ms. States has been recognized with the Federal 100 Award, as well as with the Pioneer Award at the Black Engineer of the Year Conference (BEYA). She holds a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.