Pioneering the Science of Information
Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President, Middleware Software, IBM Corporation
To commemorate our Centennial, IBM will partner in 2011 with
leading universities around the globe to host a series of lectures and
conversations, exploring how the world has changed in the past 100 years and
how it will change in the decades ahead.
IBM's Centennial lectures will present a rich narrative of
discoveries, struggles, and insights that have shaped our company's 100-year
history. However, the goal of these lectures is not to recapitulate the past,
but to identify underlying patterns that are continuing to shape the present
and the future in large measure because of humanity's rapidly increasing
ability to manage information.
The deep discussions we aim to spark will help build greater
understanding on how individuals and institutions can get ahead of change on
today's technology-infused planet. These insights are important for anyone in a
leadership position but they are especially critical for the next generation of
leaders and forward thinkers who are trying to chart their path as global
What is information, and how can it be created, managed, and
applied? Over the past century, information has gone from a vague generality to
a science. And the course of that evolution shows us how our thinking shapes
the tools we create, and how our tools transform the way we think.
Robert LeBlanc is Senior Vice President, Middleware
Software, for IBM Software Group. In this role he has global responsibility for
driving the strategy and management of the industry-leading capabilities that
build, manage and run our middleware. This includes Application &
Integration Middleware, and the Information Management, Rational, and Tivoli
Previously Mr. LeBlanc was general manager, Worldwide
Software Sales, IBM Software Group. In this capacity he had global
responsibility for overall sales strategy and management of IBM Software Group.
Mr. LeBlanc led a worldwide software sales team of approximately 17,000
employees around the globe.
Prior to this role Mr. LeBlanc was General Manager, Global
Consulting Services and SOA, IBM Global Business Services. He led IBM’s core
consulting practice, including developing and maintaining alliances with ISVs
and the performance of the six global service lines. He also oversaw the
company's SOA efforts, directing the strategy around industry IP, skills and
Mr. LeBlanc joined IBM in 1981 in Canada as a systems
programmer trainee in the Toronto Laboratory. During his IBM career, he has
held a number of technical and management positions at both IBM's Toronto
Laboratory and within Software Group. He has also served in a number of
leadership positions at IBM, including General Manager of the Application &
Integration Middleware Division (WebSphere) for IBM Software Group, responsible
for driving the strategic direction for IBM's middleware technologies. Mr.
LeBlanc has also been general manager of the storage networking division of
IBM's Storage Systems Group, general manager of solutions and strategy for IBM
Software Group, and general manager of Tivoli software.
Mr. LeBlanc holds a BSC in Computer Science and an MBA
degree in Management Information Systems and Corporate Strategy from the
University of Toronto.