"I would not expect to see a huge amount of change in the short term, but she is an intelligent executive and I would expect her to see her put her own stamp on the company," said Charles King, an analyst at Pund-IT.
The fact that under Palmisano, IBM's workforce grew overseas and decreased in the U.S. tells something about world today.
In 2006, IBM employed 127,000 workers in the U.S., a figure that dropped to 105,000 by 2010, the last time the company publicly reported its U.S.-based employment.
Lee Conrad, that national coordinator of the Alliance@IBM, which is part of the Communications Workers of America union, said he expects "IBM U.S. employees will continue losing jobs as work is shifted offshore." The Alliance estimates that IBM's U.S. workforce is now at about 98,000.
"The decline in U.S. IBM employee population has been steep under Palmisano and Rometty," said Conrad.
Worldwide, it's a different story: IBM's employment has been growing and is now at about 436,000 people.
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