AICGS congratulates Virginia M. Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM, on receiving the 2013 Global Leadership Award from the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS).

Each year, AICGS recognizes the achievements of business pioneers and government leaders who have profoundly shaped the partnership between Germany and the United States. The award highlights the critical role that the German-American partnership plays in transatlantic relations. According to Jackson Janes, President of the Washington, DC-based think tank, “AICGS is proud to present this year’s award to Ginni Rometty for her enduring positive influence on the German-American partnership.”

Mrs. Rometty began her career with IBM in 1981 in Detroit, Michigan. Since then she has held a series of leadership positions in IBM, most recently as Senior Vice President and Group Executive, IBM Sales, Marketing and Strategy. In this role, she was responsible for business results in the 170 global markets in which IBM operates and pioneered IBM’s rapid expansion in the emerging economies of the world. As part of this, she established IBM’s Growth Markets organization, which is expected to contribute as much as 30 percent of IBM revenues by 2015.

This year’s award was presented to Mrs. Rometty at the Institute’s 19th annual Global Leadership Award Dinner on Monday evening, November 11, 2013. The gala dinner will be followed the next day by AICGS’ annual symposium entitled “The U.S. Elections 2012 and the German Elections 2013: What Do the Results Mean for Transatlantic Relations?” Taking place at the Deutsche Bank office of 60 Wall Street, the conference will address the elections, European banking union, generational change, cyber security, and the dual education system from a German / American perspective. A keynote speech by former Secretary of the Treasury John Snow will address the key challenges for the economy after the elections and what lies ahead for the U.S., Germany, and Europe.

About AICGS

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies is a Washington, DC-based policy research institute whose mission is to strengthen the German-American relationship in an evolving Europe and changing world. The Institute produces objective and original analyses of developments and trends in Germany, Europe, and the United States; creates new transatlantic networks; and facilitates dialogue among the business, political, and academic communities to manage differences and define and promote common interests.

Affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, AICGS provides a comprehensive program of policy-relevant public conferences, research reports, networking events, and fellowship events designed to enrich the political, corporate, and scholarly constituencies it serves.

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