Bridget van Kralingen

Senior Vice President, Global Markets

Bridget van Kralingen is Senior Vice President, IBM Global Markets, responsible for IBM’s revenue, profit, business development and client satisfaction worldwide.

Global Markets combines top client accounts, strategic partnerships, and industry capabilities in a single go-to-market to provide a superior sales, service and delivery experience for our clients.

Previously, Bridget led Industry Platforms, a business unit that conceives, develops, and scales disruptive software cloud platforms for specific industries; opens new markets for the Watson artificial intelligence platform; and established IBM as the clear leader in the emerging market for blockchain.

Prior to this appointment, Bridget was Senior Vice President of IBM’s Global Business Services, a $17B consulting business with 150,000 professionals. She was responsible for the strategy, execution, and business results spanning consulting, systems integration, digital agency, business process outsourcing, and application management services. Previously, Bridget was General Manager, IBM North America, responsible for revenue, profit, and client satisfaction for IBM's business in the United States and Canada. Before that, she led Global Business Services in Northeast Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

Bridget brings more than 25 years of business experience to her current role. She joined IBM in April 2004 as global Managing Partner of the Financial Services Sector, following her tenure at Deloitte Consulting, where she was Managing Partner of the Financial Services Sector.

Since 2011, Bridget has been listed as one of Fortune Magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business." She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Bank of Canada, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the New-York Historical Society. Bridget is also the senior sponsor of the IBM Women's Executive Council & Constituency that is dedicated to empowering and advancing women.

Bridget began her career as a researcher and trained psychologist at the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. She holds a Masters of Commerce degree from the University of South Africa and Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Witwatersrand.