Deming Cup 2010

Winner 2010

The inaugural Deming Cup Award Dinner took place on October 18, 2010 at Columbia University’s Low Rotunda from 6 to 9 pm. We honor Samuel Palmisano, Chairman, President and CEO of IBM, for his outstanding contributions in the area of operations. We truly believe his accomplishments are a model to foster operational excellence practices. 


Samuel J. Palmisano
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

Sam Palmisano is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM. Mr. Palmisano was appointed to Chief Executive Officer in March 2002 and Chairman in January 2003. Previously, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer.

He began his career in 1973 in Baltimore, Maryland. Since then, Mr. Palmisano has held a series of leadership positions during his IBM career, including senior vice president for the Enterprise Systems and Personal Systems groups. Mr. Palmisano also played a key role in creating and leading IBM’s Global Services, rising to senior vice president, and building the largest and most diversified IT services organization in the industry. He also served as senior managing director of operations for IBM Japan.

Mr. Palmisano is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University. In recognition of his leadership role as co-chair of the Council of Competitiveness’ National Innovation Initiative, as well as his many business accomplishments, Mr. Palmisano was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in September 2005. In July 2006, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the London Business School.


Award Ceremony

Download the Deming Cup Award Ceremony Highlights 2010 (.pdf)

Samuel Palmisano, Chairman, President and CEO - IBM

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In this picture Paul O'Neill, 72nd Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, and co-chair of the Deming Cup, congratulates the inaugural recipient, Sam Palmisano, Chairman, IBM.