Shanker Ramamurthy is currently the CTO and General Manager of GBS Strategy & Solutions, with responsibility for GBS Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Thought Leadership including the Institute for Business Value, and GBS Solutions. He is also a member of the IBM Technology Team, the GBS Global Management Board and an Advisory Board Member of the IBM Industry Academy.
Prior to this role, he was the Global Managing Partner for the Business Analytics & Strategy consulting practice with over 20,000 consultants worldwide in IBM Global Business Services.
In over 25 years as a consultant and business executive he has worked in all the six continents across thirty plus countries in the intersection of strategy, information technology, big data and analytics. He is a well known thought leader with five patents relating to addressing complexity, has authored several white papers and been ranked as one of the 50 most influential financial services consultants worldwide by Euromoney magazine.
Prior to rejoining IBM, Shanker spent three years with Thomson Reuters Corporation, initially as President of Financial Professional & Marketplaces, a $5.5 billion business that delivered news, information, and analytics to trading, investing, financial, and corporate professionals. For the last two years, and as an officer of the company, Shanker created and built the $1.2 billion Global Growth & Operations strategic business unit.
Earlier in his career Shanker was a Partner in the consulting arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, initially in Australia and then in New York leading the Financial Services Strategy practice worldwide and joined IBM in 2002 when it acquired the consulting arm of PwC.
Shanker earned his MS in Information Science from the University of New South Wales in Australia. Earlier while studying in India, he earned his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad and also qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.