Samuel Palmisano is the former President and CEO of IBM, serving from 2002 - 2012. Palmisano elevated IBM to new business levels, helping IBM to become a ‘standard-setting company’ in data and analytics. In 2016 President Obama appointed Palmisano as the Vice Chairman of the White House’s Commission on Enhancing National Security. In 2010 Palmisano was awarded The Deming Cup, presented by the W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity, and Competitiveness at Columbia Business School. Palmisano is the Chairman for the Center for Global Enterprise, a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of the contemporary corporation, globalization, economic trends, and their impact on society.