Linda Sanford

Linda Sanford

Senior VP, Enterprise on Demand Transformation & Information Technology, IBM

Inducted in 1996

Linda Sanford leads the strategy for IBM's internal transformation to the premier globally integrated enterprise. In this role, Ms. Sanford is responsible for working across IBM to transform core business processes, create an IT infrastructure to support and integrate processes globally, and help create a culture that fosters innovation.

Previously Ms. Sanford was Senior Vice President & Group Executive, IBM Storage Systems Group, where she helped take IBM from fifth place in storage market share to second in two years. Prior to assuming that position, Ms. Sanford headed IBM Global Industries, the organization that manages relationships with IBM's largest customers worldwide and is responsible for generating almost 70 percent of IBM's revenue.

Before that, Ms. Sanford was General Manager of IBM's S/390 Division, which develops, manufactures and markets large-enterprise systems. During the early 1990s, she guided the S/390 Division through one of the most comprehensive product transformations the computer industry has ever seen, reinventing S/390 as an open, enterprise-level server.

One of the highest-ranking women at IBM, Ms. Sanford is a member of the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Engineering. She has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business by Fortune Magazine, one of the Top Ten Innovators in the Technology Industry by Information Week Magazine, and one of the Ten Most Influential Women in Technology by Working Woman Magazine.

Ms. Sanford has been a role model for technical women throughout IBM, acting as mentor for young women throughout the company. She has participated in many activities outside IBM to increase the ranks of young women pursuing science, technology and engineering fields.

Ms. Sanford is co-chairman of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for New York City, ITT Industries, St. John's University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Ms. Sanford co-authored "Let Go To Grow: Escaping the Commodity Trap" a book that details how successful companies are pursuing strategies to drive long-term growth and innovation. The book was published by Prentice Hall in December 2005.

A graduate of St. John's University, Ms. Sanford earned an M.S. in Operations Research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was awarded an honorary doctorate in commercial science from St. John's. Ms. Sanford has two grown children who have launched their own careers in recent years.

Profile at the time of induction in 1996