Senior Vice President
Development & Manufacturing
IBM Systems & Technology Group
Rod Adkins leads all of IBM’s global server and storage systems hardware and software development as well as semiconductor manufacturing operations. He also leads the semiconductor process and technology development for microprocessors and application specific integrated circuits used by IBM, its OEM customers and clients.
Mr. Adkins has held a number of product development, business operations and general management positions since joining IBM in 1981. He has experience in Printers, Personal Computers, Servers, Storage and Software. Mr. Adkins has served as General Manager for desktop systems in Personal Systems Group; for UNIX systems in Server Group, where IBM experienced the most significant share gain in the history of the market under his leadership; and for Pervasive Computing in Software Group, where he extended e-business to a new generation of devices and helped make IBM the recognized market leader.
As a member of IBM's Performance and Technology Teams and the Board of Governors for the IBM Academy of Technology, Mr. Adkins helps drive IBM’s corporate and technical direction. He also serves as co-chairman of IBM's Multicultural People in Technology and the National Black Family Technology Awareness initiatives. Mr. Adkins is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Executive Leadership Council, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and serves on the boards for Pitney Bowes, Inc. and PeopleClick, Inc. He also serves on the President Advisory Board for Georgia Tech, and is a trustee for the Georgia Tech Research Corporation.
Mr. Adkins has been recognized as a leader in information technology – the 2007 Black Engineer of the Year, Top 50 Blacks in Technology since 2004, and Professional Achievement in Industry in 1996. Computerworld magazine recognized Mr. Adkins as one of its Premier 100 IT Leaders for Innovation in 2004. In 2002, Fortune magazine named Mr. Adkins one of the 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America. He also earned the Golden Torch Award for Lifetime Achievement in Industry from NSBE in 2001.
Mr. Adkins earned a B.A. degree with emphasis in Physics from Rollins College as well as B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.