Here are 5 facts on new IBM CEO Arvind Krishna:
Arvind Krishna, who joined IBM in 1990, is currently IBM Senior Vice President for Cloud and Cognitive Software. He has led the development of many of IBM's newer technologies like artificial intelligence, cloud and quantum computing.
Virginia Rometty, who will retire after almost 40 years with the company, described Arvind Krishna as a "brilliant technologist" who has helped IBM grow its Cloud and Cognitive Software business and led the largest acquisition in the company''s history. Mr Krishna was a "principal architect" of the company's acquisition of Red Hat.
Arvind Krishna has an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
As head of the global IT giant, Arvind Krishna joins the club of Indian-Americans who have led biggest multinational companies. The list includes Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga, PepsiCo's former CEO Indra Nooyi and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen.
Mr Krishna is the recipient of distinguished alumni awards from IITK and the University of Illinois, is the co-author of 15 patents, has been the editor of IEEE and ACM journals, and has published extensively in technical conferences and journals.