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IBM Celebrates Women Leaders In AI

Today IBM announced a global listing of Women Leaders in AI. The list recognizes and celebrates women across a variety of industries and geographies for pioneering the use of AI to advance their companies in areas such as innovation, growth, and transformation.

Artificial Intelligence is poised to drive dramatic advances in every industry,” said Michelle Peluso, SVP, Digital Sales & CMO, IBM, who also serves as Leader of IBM’s Women’s Initiative. “Today, we are sharing the stories of 40 incredible women, who are paving the way forward in how AI is advancing businesses and changing how people work and live. At IBM, we know gender equality is critical and nowhere is this more important than in AI. We hope the stories shared today will encourage many more women to take a leadership role in shaping the future of this important technology.”

IBM will celebrate the honorees during an inaugural recognition event on June 12, 2019 at the IBM Watson Experience Center in New York, New York where the women will share their experiences leading AI initiatives in their organizations. Students from IBM’s P-Tech program will attend to hear from these leaders who have applied AI technology in diverse and meaningful ways to help drive business innovation.

Ranging in industries from telecommunications and finance to education and entertainment, the women were selected based upon the ways they are using AI as a transformation agent to help drive results for their organizations and the employees and customers they serve.

The “Women Leaders in AI” honorees are:

  • Christine Gabbard, Project Manager, Machine Assistance, Autodesk, USA
  • Claudia Ignacio, DGA Client Experience, Banco Mercantil del Norte (Banorte), Mexico
  • Fernanda Gonzalez, Digital Channels Manager, Banco Santander Rio, Argentina
  • Tanuja Singeetham, Vice President, Marketing, BEHR Paint, USA
  • Rupinder Dhillon, Senior Product Manager, IoT, Bell Canada, Canada
  • Harmeen Mehta, Chief Information Officer & Head Cloud and Security Business, Bharti Airtel, India
  • Lorna Russell, Senior Manager, Product Management, BMC Software, USA
  • Walkiria Schirrmeister Marchetti, CIO, Bradesco, Brazil
  • Keiko Konno, General Manager, Service Planning & Development Division, BRIDGE International Corp., Japan
  • Sabine Scheunert, Vice President Digital & IT Marketing/Sales, Daimler, AG, Germany
  • Ona Juodkiene, Co-Head of IT Operations, Danske Bank, Denmark
  • Maren Reinsch, Head of Sales & Services, DB Dialog & DB System, Germany
  • Siewchoo Soh, Managing Director, DBS Bank, Singapore
  • Claudia Pohlink, Head of Artificial Intelligence, Deutsche Telekom/ T-Labs, Germany
  • Xiaojun Huang, Senior Advisor Upstream Digital Transformation, ExxonMobil, USA
  • Donna Hill, Assistant Director, Service, Configuration & Continuity Management, The George Washington University, USA
  • Jaki Lynn Van Valin, Director Data Management & Analytics, Harley-Davidson, USA
  • Victoria Stasiewicz, Global Information Systems –Manager Information Management, Harley-Davidson, USA
  • Kyoka Nakagawa, Chief Engineer, Value Creation Department, Digital Transformation Division, Digital Solution Center, Honda R&D Co., Ltd., Japan
  • Sara Hines, Director of Provider Experience & Connectivity, Humana, USA
  • Seema Gaur, Executive VP & Head IT, IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Company, India
  • Elenita Elinon, Executive Director Quantitative Research, JP Morgan Chase & Company, USA
  • Kelly Combs, Director, Emerging Technology Risk – Intelligent Automation Leader, KPMG, USA
  • Hye-young Kim, Director of Artificial Intelligence, LOTTE Shopping, South Korea
  • Carmen Suarez, Assistant Director, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
  • Yimei Guo, Managing Director, Global Head of Research Technology, Morgan Stanley, USA
  • Gail Blum, Manager, Talent Acquisition Operations, NBCUniversal, USA
  • Sandra Cascadden, Associate Deputy Minister/CIO, Government of Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Pat Maqetuka, Chief Data Architecture & Operations Officer, Nedbank, South Africa
  • Severine Marquay, AI experience, digital support & innovation, Orange France, France
  • Rachel Cordrey, Pharmacy Supervisor, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, USA
  • MaryAnn Fleming, Head of Services, Home Buying and Ownership, RBS, UK
  • Erin Oles, Senior Director, R+F Virtual Live, Rodan + Fields, USA
  • Carolyn Staats, Innovation Division Director, Sonoma County, USA
  • Jennifer Edgin, CTO, Deputy Commandant Information, U.S. Marine Corps, USA
  • Lee Hatton, CEO, UBank, Australia
  • Tanja Richter, Director, Consumer Products and Services, Vodafone, UK
  • Laura Bellamy, Director, Information Experience, VMWare, USA
  • Yu Ching Lan, Department Manager, Walsin Lihwa Corp., Taiwan
  • Shelley Kalms, Chief Digital Officer, Woodside Energy, Australia

Lorna Russell from BMC Software

We are in a transformative period of innovation,” said Lorna Russell, Senior Manager, Product Management, BMC Software. “AI will continue to change how we live and work and in my industry, it is changing traditional IT service management into a more intelligent, conversational and predictive service management. On behalf of a much larger team at BMC, I am honored to be recognized as part of that change.”

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