Marilyn Johnson was the IBM Vice President, Market Development based in Armonk, New York. In this capacity, she led an organization responsible for developing IBM’s strategy for (and marketing to) businesses owned or operated by Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans and Women in the Americas. In 2005 she expanded her mission to include women-owned and women- led businesses in selected markets around the globe; expanding IBM market share significantly.
She has extensive management experience in sales and marketing in the information technology industry. She has held executive positions in key IBM business units and Marilyn has had management and operational responsibility in North America, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia. Additionally, she led the merger of IBM and Sequent Corporation Web-server sales.
A graduate of John Marshall University, she holds two advanced Education degrees. She attended the Harvard Business School Strategic Leadership Forum representing Finance Sector Marketing for IBM. She has held positions on the Executive Board of the Council for Better Business Bureaus and the Executive Boards of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Foundation, the National Council of Negro Women and American Airlines Marketing Advisory Council. She has been applauded for her active commitment to mentoring and coaching activities. Marilyn has been a featured speaker for numerous professional organizations around the world, including The World Diversity Conference in the City of Prague in the Czech Republic, the Black Women Executive Roundtable hosted by the Mayor of Paris, France, B.I.G. (Blacks in Government), Washington, DC. AWAKE in Mysore, India; and the International Women’s Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa. She also spoke at the KAGIDER women’s conference in Istanbul, Turkey; the Women Leader’s Forum in Douala, Cameroon and the Women Chiefs Forum in Canberra, Australia.
In recognition of her many business and professional achievements, Marilyn has received numerous awards including the “Corporate Supporter of Women Entrepreneurs Award” in Beijing, China; “The Profiles of Prominence Award” from the National Women of Achievement, Inc.; the Center for Women’s Business Research, “Leading By Example Award”; the “Corporate Visionary Award” from The Count Me In – Women’s Business Growth Forum and was named one of “The Top 25 Influential Black Women” by The Network Journal Magazine. In addition, Marilyn was inducted into the YWCA of New York City’s prestigious “Academy of Women Leaders” and has been named a Sequoyah Fellow by the American Indian Engineering and Science Society. In 2012 she was recognized by Enterprising Women Magazine with the prestigious Legacy Award and Women’s President’s Organization named a National Women of Color in Business Award after Ms. Johnson. She has been featured in Working Mother Magazine, ESSENCE Magazine, Minority Business News, The Financial Times – United Kingdom, The Atlanta Tribune, Global Executive Women, Enterprising Women Magazine, The Network Journal Magazine and Uptown Professional Magazine.
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