IBM’s Steven Mills retires

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It is the end of an era at IBM after long serving executive vice president, software and systems, Steven Mills announced that he has retired.

Mills has a career spanning more than four decades at Big Blue and was a key player in the development of IBM Software Group since its inception in 1995.

Under his leadership the company acquired over 30 software firms since 2001. He was appointed to his latest position in January last year.  As Biggish Blue became less interested in hardware, his role became increasingly important.

Mills was responsible for IBM’s products that contribute $40B of IBM’s revenue and provide critical business integration infrastructure for more than 100,000 Biggish Blue customers around the world.

Mills, who joined IBM in 1973, had rejected an offer from HP in 2010 to become the software company’s chief executive.