Director, OpenPOWER, IBM

Michelle has over twenty-seven years industry experience, the last twenty-three of which have been at IBM. She has held a variety of leadership positions in development, personnel management, and executive roles with a focus on delivering new products and technologies to market. Her background is primarily in software development including open source technologies, middleware, and developer solutions. In more recent years, she has expanded into cloud infrastructure and systems.

Currently, Michelle is the Director of OpenPOWER at IBM and also the President of the OpenPOWER Foundation. This foundation focuses on growing an open ecosystem around the POWER architecture and its associated technologies. The Foundation provides a community for members to share expertise, investment and intellectual property to serve the evolving needs of end users. Previously, Michelle led an organization which specialized in open source development for Linux, virtualization, containers, and cloud computing. This world-wide team of developers were active in numerous open source communities and projects. As part of this role, she also worked closely with business partners responsible for the commercialization/support of these technologies in support of IBM platforms. In prior years, Michelle held leadership and management roles in the Cloud Innovation, Rational and WebSphere organizations. She led the integration of business acquisitions and new technologies into IBM, delivered software products to market, ran customer design programs, and led cross organizational transformation initiatives.

Michelle believes in the importance of giving back. She has had a focus on mentorship and supporting inclusive career growth throughout her career. She has been active in programs which mentor/sponsor employees and students on achieving their career goals. Michelle graduated from University of Texas at Austin with a Computer Science Degree. She has been actively involved in recruiting activities and IBM’s engagement on campus. Outside work, Michelle has been a member of Impact Austin in past years. This is a women’s philanthropic organization in Austin which gives funding grants to non-profit programs around improving education, culture, family, health, and the environment. Michelle is also currently a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer for children in foster care.