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Louis V. Gerstner Jr.
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Gerstner c. 1995
Born
Louis Vincent Gerstner Jr.

March 1, 1942 (1942-03-01) (age 79)
Education Dartmouth College (BEng)
Harvard University (MBA)
Occupation Former Chairman and CEO, RJR Nabisco (1989-1993)
Former Chairman and CEO, IBM (1993-2002)
Former Chairman, The Carlyle Group (2003-2008)
Known for Leading IBM's historic corporate turnaround in the 1990s
Net worth 900 million (2017)
Board member of Chairman, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (2013-2020)
Chairman, Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (2014-2020)
Spouse(s) Robin Gerstner
Children 2

Louis Vincent Gerstner Jr. (born March 1, 1942) is an American businessman, best known for his tenure as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of IBM from April 1993 until 2002, when he retired as CEO in March and chairman in December. He is largely credited with turning IBM's fortunes around.

Gerstner was formerly CEO of RJR Nabisco, and also held senior positions at American Express and McKinsey & Company. He is a graduate of Chaminade High School (1959), Dartmouth College (1963) and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Currently, Mr. Gerstner is the chairman of the board of directors of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and chairman of the board of the Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Mr. Gerstner is the author of Who Says Elephants Can't Dance, the best-selling account of IBM's transformation; and he is the co-author of the book Reinventing Education: Entrepreneurship in America's Public Schools.

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