IBM names Nickle LaMoreaux as CHRO

LaMoreaux steps into the shoes of Diane Gherson, who served as SVP-HR for seven years.


Nickle LaMoreaux has succeeded Diane Gherson as senior vice president of human resources and chief human resource officer. Gherson has retired after a seven-year stint as SVP-HR in the Company.

Gherson had played a key role in transforming IBM’s culture and in providing IBMers with the skills they need to help clients accelerate their journey to hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence (AI).

This major change in the leadership team was announced by Arvind Krishna, CEO, IBM on Linkedin.

LaMoreaux will now be responsible for HR in Cloud and Cognitive Software. She has been leading IBM’s people strategy, skills, employee experience and services, and global HR team supporting more than 350,000 IBMers across 170 countries.

In her 20 years at IBM, LaMoreaux has led HR across organisations ranging from services to software to emerging markets – supporting the Company’s business growth through leadership development, talent acquisition, performance management and skill building.

As VP of compensation and benefits, she led the design and deployment of all compensation and benefits programmes globally. She was also responsible for the HR activities associated with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and drove the people side of the Red Hat acquisition.

Given her strong business acumen, it is hoped that LaMoreaux will drive the HR function and provide the foundation and support necessary for IBM to continue its growth trajectory in the coming years.

LaMoreaux holds a BSc in industrial and labour relations from Cornell University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University.

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