Diane Gherson

Senior Vice President, IBM

Diane is a Senior Vice President of IBM and serves as Special Advisor to the CEO. She stepped down from the role of Chief Human Resources Officer on September 1, 2020 to transition her successor and will retire from IBM in December. As CHRO of IBM from 2013-2020, Diane was responsible for all people and culture strategy and operations across 170 countries and 350,000 employees worldwide. Named as HR Executive of the Year in 2018, she is also a Fellow and Board member of the National Academy of Human Resources. 

During her tenure as CHRO, Diane redesigned all aspects of the company’s people agenda and management systems to shape a culture of continuous learning, innovation and agility. At the same time, she digitally transformed the HR function, incorporating AI and automation and design thinking across all offerings to create consumer grade experiences for employees. 

Diane is an external advocate for social issues affecting employees, such as DACA, transgender inclusion, addressing bias and responsible use of data in AI, and ensuring data transparency in health care. Under Diane’s leadership in stewarding diversity and inclusion, IBM received the prestigious 2018 Catalyst Award for advancing women in business. 

With a U.S. patent in the field of predictive analytics, Diane is a leading voice on the topic of reinventing the profession of HR to create consumer-grade experiences for employees, predictive advice for business leaders, and improved productivity for the business. Diane’s thought leadership on the future of work has been highlighted in numerous interviews and articles, most recently, CNBC, CNN, Economist, Forbes, Fortune, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Harvard Business Review. 

Diane earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and a master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. She is all but dissertated in the PhD program at the Sloan School of Management.