Mark Foster

Chairman, IBM Consulting

In this role, Mark is focused on deepening relationships with clients, strengthening the market impact of IBM, and differentiating IBM Consulting through a consistent, engaging client experience.

In this role, Mark will continue to ensure IBM Consulting delivers solutions through pervasive use of the IBM Garage, an outcome-focused approach to co-create, co-execute, and co-operate with clients.

Prior to 2022, Mark served as Senior Vice President, IBM Consulting, leading strategy, client value and business performance for IBM’s global professional services arm. During his five years leading this unit, Mark led a significant transformation of the business, positioning IBM Consulting as a leading player in its marketplace. From 2019 to 2021 Mark was also Senior Vice President, IBM Services preparing Global Technology Services for its eventual spin out as Kyndryl - the leading global player in the technology infrastructure services market.

Before joining IBM in 2016, Mark handled a variety of leadership roles during a 27-year career at Accenture, including serving as Group Chief Executive, Global Markets and Management Consulting. While at Accenture, Mark chaired the World Economic Forum Global Health Initiative Against AIDS, TB and Malaria and was Vice Chair of the Mayor of Seoul's International Business Advisory Council. From 2011 through 2015, Mark served the UK government as founding Commissioner for the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, which oversaw the UK’s foreign aid spending around the world.

Mark has served on multiple business Boards including Heidrick and Struggles, Fidessa, Computer Sciences Corporation, Alexander Mann Solutions and Atento. In the not-for-profit sector, Mark chaired the International Business Leaders Forum and has been a Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.  In 2022, he was appointed chair of Chichester Festival Theatre.  Mark founded and has led a community-based school in Surrey, England, for over 25 years.

Mark graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Classics from University College Oxford.