IBM and Apple CEOs: Intriguing Facts and Quotes

By Dennis McCafferty
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    She led the largest professional services integration in history after IBM's 2002 acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, creating a global team of more than 100,000 professionals.

Is it an odd couple or a match made in heaven? We're talking about the recent Apple and IBM announcement that the two companies have formed a global partnership to sell software, hardware and services to enterprise customers. IBM will migrate more than 150 of its business and big data apps to Apple's iOS platform and will sell iPhones and iPads to its global business customers. As part of the media hoopla, Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty told CNBC that the two companies were like "puzzle pieces" that fit perfectly together. Such mutual admiration distances the tech giants from the "fightin' words" of the past, when Apple's celebrated "1984" ad took swipes at IBM. "Apple is perceived to be the only hope to offer IBM a run for its money," said the late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, in 1983 when he previewed the ad. "Dealers … fear an IBM dominated and controlled future. They are increasingly turning back to Apple as the only force that can ensure their future freedom." Well, it's time to forgive and forget, right? With these two powerhouses teaming up, we've compiled the following intriguing facts about Rometty and Cook, along with selected quotes from the two CEOs. They were compiled from a number of online news accounts and resources.

This article was originally published on 2014-07-22
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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