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Kristof Kloeckner

Independent Consultant and retired IBM General Manager

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Kristof Kloeckner retired in September 2017 as CTO and General Manager, Technology, Innovation and Automation of IBM Global Technology Services, where he built an AI-driven platform for IT services in hybrid cloud environments.

He has led business units and held executive leadership positions in strategy, architecture and development in Germany, the UK and the USA, and has delivered many industry leading software products.

Prior to his last position, as General Manager, Rational Software, IBM, he was responsible for Software and Systems Lifecycle Management Tools and led the transformation of the portfolio to DevOps and Continuous Engineering.

As CTO of the first Cloud Computing initiative in IBM’s Corporate Strategy team he created the Beta for IBM’s first public cloud. As CTO of IBM Software Group, he directed its technical and software engineering strategy, including the transformation to lean and agile development throughout the company. As head of development for Tivoli, he introduced ITIL based service management concepts into its portfolio. As CTO for WebSphere he developed the technical strategy for the evolution of IBM’s application integration middleware platform in support of service-oriented architectures. As Director of the Hursley Lab in the UK and VP of Business Integration Development, he grew IBM’s message-oriented middleware to a full integration portfolio including IBM’s first Enterprise Service Bus. As Director of the German Software Lab, he led the development of IBM’s first workflow management system.

He joined IBM in 1984 as a development engineer in the Boeblingen Development Laboratory in Germany, working on porting UNIX to the mainframe.

Dr. Kloeckner received a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany and an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Southampton, UK. He is a Fellow of the BCS and since 1997 an honorary professor at the University of Stuttgart.

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