See the article link below for profiles of leading candidates for the CEO role. Also note that the tradition at IBM is that corporate officers retire at 60, not just the CEO; if that’s still the policy (formal or informal), it means other long-serving IBM execs such as Steve Mills may also be checking out over the next year or so.
On June 16, IBM (IBM) will mark its centennial. Five weeks later comes a birthday that could be more significant for Big Blue's future: Chief Executive Officer Sam Palmisano turns 60, the age by which IBM CEOs have traditionally named their successors. Who Palmisano ultimately taps to lead the tech giant could go a long way toward determining how much IBM continues the cost-cutting that has marked its recent past or launches into a new era of growth.