Dr. Kathryn Guarini, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for IBM Research, IBM

Kathryn Guarini is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of IBM Research and Vice President (VP) for Impact Science. As COO, she leads the IBM Research transformation to increase impact, extend technical eminence, and improve the operational efficiency of the division. This includes responsibility for IBM’s annual Global Technology Outlook (GTO). In Impact Science, her team applies deep technical expertise to the most pressing global challenges facing society while advancing the underlying science. Specifically, Kathryn drives the global Research agenda around the Future of Health, Work, and Climate; Tech for Racial and Social Justice; and the Governance of Science and Technology. Kathryn is a member of IBM’s AI Ethics Board, IBM’s Industry Academy Advisory Board, IBM’s Acceleration Team, and Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Inclusion and Diversity External Advisory Board.

Kathryn is passionate about leading teams, driving innovation, and delivering high-value solutions that meet the ever-changing needs of IT customers. Kathryn has held various technical, management, and executive positions in research, development, and business. She led IBM Industry Research focused on creating differentiated cognitive applications for industries like healthcare, manufacturing, and financial services. She also led Offering Management for IBM Z and LinuxONE, including offering strategy, delivery, and go-to-market for platform growth initiatives. And she led microprocessor, systems technology, and silicon device development teams. Kathryn began her career at IBM Research as a technical contributor to double-gate transistor fabrication, three-dimensional device integration, and semiconductor applications of self-assembling materials.

Kathryn’s innovative technical research in semiconductor device integration and nanotechnology has been recognized with various industry awards. She holds more than 65 U.S. patents and she is a prolific writer with over 60 technical publications. Kathryn received a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.S. degree from Yale University, both in applied physics. She is active in mentoring, inspiring, and recruiting scientists and engineers of all ages, especially women.