Douglas (Doug) Balog, General Manager, Power Systems, is responsible for
IBM’s worldwide Power Systems business including the OpenPOWER initiative.
Doug has been leading the transformation of POWER for the last three years
to align it with the market shifts to cognitive computing and cloud,
underpinned by an open, community-based innovation business model. Power
Systems grew every quarter in 2015 and for the full year for the first time
in four years as a result of these transformation efforts.
As a senior executive in IBM, Doug is also a member of IBM’s Performance
Team, which focuses on tactical execution in the company, as well as IBM’s
Growth & Transformation Team. He has also previously been a member of
IBM’s Strategy Team, which focuses on longer-term strategic shifts.
Doug has been part of IBM’s Systems and Technology group for 30+ years with
product development leadership and brand leadership roles across System z,
System x, BladeCenter, System Storage and, now, Power Systems. He has led
major portfolio and business transformation shifts across all of these
brands to better align with clients’ needs and to lead market shifts.
Doug graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Computer
Science in 1983 and immediately joined IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY, working on
the architectural validation of IBM’s next-generation mainframes. He
spent 18 years in NY in a variety of development, brand and corporate roles
until 2001 when he moved to San Francisco to help one of IBM’s largest
clients deploy and operate one of the largest mainframe and Unix server
farms for web trading at the time.
Today, Doug lives in Chapel Hill, NC, with his wife and three teenage sons.
Beyond his worldwide business travels, he is a soccer dad on most weekends,
but also enjoys a round of golf.