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IBM's (NYSE: IBM) board of directors has selected Virginia Rometty as company president and CEO, effective January 1 next year, the company said in a statement.
Rometty was also appointed as a member of the board. The executive is currently IBM senior VP and group executive for sales, marketing and strategy. She succeeds Sam Palmisano, who is currently IBM chairman, president and CEO. Palmisano will remain chair of the board.
Rometty, who joined IBM in 1981 as a systems engineer, holds a degree in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University. She has also served as general manager of IBM global services, Americas, and of IBM's global insurance and financial services sector.
Brazilian IT products distributor Network1 has appointed Matt Gharegozlou as international business VP, the company said in a statement.
Based in Miami, the executive will be in charge of developing the company's growth strategy in Latin America.
With more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, Gharegozlou has a degree in computer science and an MBA in technology management and finance, in addition to a PhD in international business. He has previously worked for NetApp, Hitachi Data Systems, Brocade Communications and Storage Technology Corporation.
The companies received the awards during the annual Metering Latin America conference and expo, taking place in São Paulo this week.
Ampla won in the smart metering category, for its Ampla Chip technology, which was developed to reduce the high theft levels the Rio de Janeiro-based utility was facing.
Light was the winner in the smart grid category for its ongoing project in this area.
The water metering category was awarded to Águas Guariroba, for its application of ultrasonic metering technology to the billing and collection of sanitation services for customers that have their own water supply and would not otherwise pay.
The Argentine unit of Brazilian IT services provider Asyst International was ranked as one of the 20 best local companies to work for in a best employers ranking put out annually by the magazine Apertura.
Asyst was ranked 20th in the category "companies with less than 200 employees."
As part of its employee benefits program, and to generate a good working environment, Asyst offers language training and certification, labor flexibility and recreational activities.