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Mary Garrett

Retired - Global Marketing for IBM Corporation



Mary Garrett most recently led Global Marketing for IBM Corporation, from 2009 until her retirement in December 2015. She joined IBM in 1981 as an electrical engineer and served in key positions including Vice President of Marketing Global Technology Services; P&L owner for the $6B Small and Medium Business for Global Technology Services; and Vice President of eBusiness hosting. She led teams across the software and services portfolios in 170 markets around the world.

Ms. Garrett currently serves as a board member and on the audit committee of Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc. (NYSE: ETH), a manufacturer and retailer of home furnishings. She is nominated for board membership with Hill-Rom Corporation (NYSE: HRC), a global medical technology company. She is an active mentor in W.O.M.E.N. in America, a professional development group aimed at advancing promising professional women, and is also on the board of the American Marketing Association, serving as chair-elect.

Ms. Garrett has extensive experience in the technology industry, including digital transformation, big data and cognitive analytics, cybersecurity and cloud computing. She holds a patent for her work in speech recognition. She has a broad international background including Europe and emerging markets in Asia and Africa, marketing expertise and business leadership experience. She is passionate about the power of customer experience, employee engagement and their positive impact on business vitality and growth.