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IBM CEO Seeks Heir

Palmisano is reportedly to trying to avoid losing those who don’t make the cut

IBM CEO Sam Palmisano is going to designate his heir apparent in 12-18 months by naming a president or operating chief, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Handicappers say the mantle is likely to fall on the shoulders of Virginia Rometty, 53, who led the integration of PriceWaterhouseCoopers' consulting arm, got her services card punched and in the three quarters she's been running sales has managed to up the number 5.8%. Obviously she would be IBM's first female captain.

Also reportedly in the race are Global Services chief Michael Daniels, 56, who may be too old and Rodney Adkins, 52, the African-American, who held the server unit together after Robert Moffat got arrested in the Galleon Group insider-trading case.

He would be IBM's first minority CEO. He's recently been given the job of chasing business in Africa but lacks services experience.

Palmisano is reportedly to trying to avoid losing those who don't make the cut. Rometty and Daniels have $5 million stock awards riding on their staying through 2013.

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