The 2020 Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner will be held at the Marriott Marquis in New York, on Thursday, May 14th. Over 1,000 leaders from the international business, financial, and diplomatic communities convene in New York City each year at this traditional gala to pay tribute to the honorees.
A brief biography of Luiza Helena Trajano and Virginia (Ginni) M. Rometty follows:
Luiza Helena Trajano:
Born in Franca, Brazil, Luiza Helena Trajano is Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Magazine Luiza. With a degree in Law from the University of Franca, she is responsible for introducing the purchase option of credit and online transactions in Brazil, and for the leap in innovation and growth that placed Magazine Luiza among the largest retailers in Brazil.
In addition to her role at Magazine Luiza, Ms. Trajano serves as a counselor at 12 different entities, including UNICEF and the Consultative Group of the UN Population Fund in Brazil. In 2018, she was Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Latin America.
Since 2013, Ms. Trajano has led the Grupo Mulheres do Brasil, which today has tens of thousands of participants in Brazil and abroad, with a strong presence in New York. The group meets every month to discuss and propose actions related to education, entrepreneurship, social projects, innovation, diversity, and gender equality in the workplace.
Virginia (Ginni) M. Rometty:
Beginning her career with IBM in 1981, Ms. Rometty held a series of leadership positions across the company and led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and service experts.
Since becoming CEO in January 2012, Ms. Rometty has led IBM through the most significant transformation in its history, reinventing the company to lead in the new era of AI, blockchain, cybersecurity, and quantum technologies, all delivered on IBM’s enterprise-strength cloud platform.
Throughout IBM’s reinvention, Ms. Rometty has worked to ensure that new technologies are developed and deployed in a way that is ethical and enduring. IBM, under Ms. Rometty’s leadership, has also led the way in ensuring that society is prepared for this new era of data. This includes equipping workers for “new collar” job roles in emerging technology fields that do not always require a bachelor’s degree.
In addition to her role at IBM, Ms. Rometty serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University, and the Boards of Overseers and Managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute’s Cyber Group and is a member of the Advisory Board of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.
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