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Fran O'Sullivan

About Fran O'Sullivan

Fran O’Sullivan is the general manager for IBM’s Integrated Supply Chain, which encompasses all aspects of the company’s global supply chain, customer fulfillment and global supply (procurement, manufacturing and logistics) operations, and contributes annual savings of $6.5 billion to IBM. Ms. O’Sullivan was named to this position in September 2010, after serving as senior vice president of Product Group, Lenovo, where she was responsible for the award winning ThinkPad notebooks and Think personal computers. Prior to that, she was general manager of IBM’s Personal Computer division. She left IBM in 2005 as part of the Lenovo divestiture. Over her career with IBM and Lenovo, Ms. O’Sullivan held a number of development and management positions. She began her career with IBM with an assignment with NASA’s Space Shuttle Program in Cape Kennedy, Florida. She then moved to IBM’s personal computer business, where she held leadership roles in development, engineering, manufacturing, procurement, and business operations. Ms. O’Sullivan graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and serves on the University of Virginia Engineering Industry Advisory Board. She also serves on the board of directors for the North Carolina Coastal Pines Girl Scouts.
Smarter Computing: Security

Securing your Smarter Supply Chain

Supply chain security is a competitive differentiator at IBM and is part of our approach to mitigate risk and maintain a globally integrated supply chain. It involves the protection of products, facilities, information and personnel from theft, damage, malware or counterfeiting as well as the prevention of unauthorized people or contraband from entering the supply chain.So, you’ll understand why I was alarmed to read that only 28 percent of companies “very strenuously” require their vendors, partners and supply chain to match levels of risk control, per the 2012 Global Reputational Risk and IT Study.

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