Fall 2010

Fall 2010 Executive in Residence

[Paula Summa]  

Paula Summa, BBA '78, MBA '84
General Manager, ibm.com
IBM Corporation

Monday, November 29
12:00 p.m.
Gottesman Room
Pleasantville campus

>> Click to see photos and highlights from the event

As the General Manager of ibm.com, Paula Summa leads a 5,000 person worldwide team responsible for driving approximately 11 % of IBM's total revenue. The ibm.com organization consists of 33 global inside sales centers throughout the world and has a global web presence in 83 countries, in 35 languages.

Ms. Summa has held various financial roles in her career with IBM, working with the various geographies and business units, primarily in the Sales and Distribution organization. Paula's first executive role was as Director of Accounting for U.S. Operations in Sales and Distribution, then she became Director of Financial Planning in Corporate Headquarters for IBM's Worldwide Marketing and Services Units.

Paula's talents were soon leveraged as Controller for Latin America from 1994-1996. In May 1996, Paula became the first Chief Financial Officer of IBM's Global Small and Medium Business Organization, which was followed by her heading the Global Business Partner Organization and ibm.com as Vice President of Finance and Operations. From January 1999 - October 2002, she was promoted to Vice President of Finance and Operations for IBM Global Financing. Paula then assumed the role of Vice President of Finance and Operations for Global Sales and Distribution, where she lead a staff of 7000 financial professionals until January 2006 when she was promoted to General Manager of ibm.com.

Ms. Summa is a member of the IBM Integration and Values Team, a recipient of the IBM YWCA award (Women's Achiever Award), and is a member of the advisory board at Pace University's Lubin School of Business.

Paula graduated from Pace University, summa cum laude, with a BS degree in Accounting, and was valedictorian of her graduating class. While working at IBM, she received an MBA in Finance from Pace University, where she graduated with honors.

Photos and Highlights from Executive in Residence Paula Summa, BBA '78, MBA '84
General Manager, ibm.com, IBM Corporation
Monday, November, 2010

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Lubin's Associate Dean for Communications and External Relations, Barbara Rose Aglietti, introduces ibm.com General Manager, Paula Summa BBA '78, MBA '84, who lectured on "Pathways to a Smarter Planet."
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"The world is globally integrated, but we need to work smarter." - Paula Summa
[Paula Summa]
"Technology can help with smarter supply chains, smarter traffic, smarter energy, smarter tracking of inventory..." - Paula Summa
[Paula Summa]
Pace student leader Taylor Vogt discusses how the Pace chapter of Students for a Smarter Planet is working with IBM to engage students to be active participants in using computing power to solve business problems.
[Paula Summa]
Communications Director for ibm.com, James Keller, with Paula Summa, and Taylor Vogt
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Pleasantville students were honored to speak with Ms. Summa.
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Pace faculty and administrators with Ms. Summa after her lecture