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Beth Smith

 
 
Beth Smith

Beth Smith

GM, Cloud and Cognitive Software  |  IBM  |  Yorktown, NY

Beth is currently General Manager of Worldwide Technical Sales and Customer Success, IBM Technology. In this role, Beth is responsible for designing, optimizing and executing IBM's technical go-to-market strategy supporting IBM Cloud & Cognitive Software, IBM Public Cloud and IBM Systems. Beth is dedicated to developing technical eminence and driving exemplary customer engagement to deliver IBM's unique value in transforming mission critical workloads and supporting businesses in achieving their competitive advantage. More broadly across IBM, Beth contributes to technical and business strategy as a member of several senior leadership teams responsible for shaping key strategic initiatives across the corporation.

Prior, Beth was General Manager of IBM Watson AI, where she led the global product business including strategy, engineering, and go-to-market. In that role, Beth was featured in news media and analysts reports discussing the relevance of Artificial Intelligence in today's world. Recent media segments include: Yahoo Finance, "Artificial intelligence will dominate 2020, according to IBM" and Bloomberg, "Ethics of AI".

Beth's passion for technology took root in 1987 with her first role as a programmer in Cary, NC. Over the years, she has held several executive roles in IBM including General Manager of IBM's Information Management and Analytics Platform; VP of WebSphere; and VP of WebSphere Business Development where she led mergers and acquisitions.

Beth is a member of the Board of Directors for Charity Navigator, the largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities in the U.S. Additionally, she is a member of the Product & Strategy Expert Group.

Beth is Co-Chair for the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) Roundtable, where senior female executives discuss issues facing women leaders and share resources to empower women to achieve both career and personal success.

Beth holds a B.S. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University. She was recently inducted into the NCSU Computer Science Alumni Hall of Fame and serves on the Strategic Advisory Board for the Computer Science Department.

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