Virginia Sharma is the Vice President of Marketing, IBM North America, Systems and Technology Group. She recently returned to the US from a 4 year international assignment in the Growth Markets where she was the Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Corporate Citizenship for IBM India/South Asia. She has enjoyed being with IBM for over 14 years in various brand and field marketing roles primarily with IBM Software Group. Her leadership, passion and creativity has resulted in award winning, high impact integrated marketing and communication campaigns, particularly to reach white space using digital media. In 2011, she was awarded “Top 25 Outstanding Marketing Leaders of India” at the World Brand Congress and the Indy’s “Marcom professional of the Year” award in the IT and Software Category by the CMO Council and CMO Asia. Virginia is also the 5th most “social” IBM executive globally. She has been an avid blogger since 2009 ( and also an active member of various CMO advisory councils and also speaks and live tweets (@VirginiaSharma) regularly at various technology, digital and marketing conferences. She has an undergraduate degree in marketing and management from University Of Virginia and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from New York University. Virginia grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and has lived in Tokyo, Mumbai and now back in New York City. She enjoys travel, running and scuba diving.