Arvind Krishna, an Indian-American business executive is the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IBM. He has been serving as the CEO of IBM since April 2020 and took the charge of Chairman in January 2021. As of 11 December 2021, the net worth of Krishna stood at nearly $22.3 Million dollars.
He has been associated with IBM since 1990 and was promoted to senior vice president in 2015, managing IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software and IBM Research divisions. He is also credited for being a principal architect of the acquisition of Red Hat, the largest acquisition in the company's history.
Arvind has been associated with IBM since 1990, beginning at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center where he served till 2009. He later became the General Manager in Information Management Software and Systems and Technology Group of IBM. In 2015, he was promoted to senior vice president of IBM Research.He subsequently became senior vice president of IBM's cloud, and cognitive software division. Arvind was a driving force behind IBM's $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat. Succeeding Ginni Rometty, the first ever woman to lead IBM, Arvind became IBM's CEO in April 2020. In the year 2021, he was also named as the "Most Influential Executive."
Arvind Krishna was born in Andhra Pradesh, India. He grew up in a Telugu-speaking family, and his father was an army officer, Major General Vinod Krishna and mother Aarathi Krishna, worked for the welfare of Army widows. He did his schooling from Stanes Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu and at St Joseph's Academy, Dehradun and graduated in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1985. He later moved to the United States to earn a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1991. He is the recipient of distinguished alumni awards from both IIT Kanpur and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.