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Rebecca George

SET Leadership - Rebecca George OBE

Rebecca George is responsible for managing IBM's central government business development in Shared Services, and raising the profile of IBM in the Public Sector. She has been with IBM since 1988.
Rebecca GeorgeIn her time at IBM she has spent approximately a third of her time in sales, a third in business process reengineering and business transformation and a third in HR. She has worked in the UK, the US and in European roles. Prior to this appointment, she managed an HR shared service project to web-enable all European, Middle East and Africa recruitment for IBM and set up a multi-lingual shared services centre. She moved to her current position in 2001.
Since 1997, as well doing her full time jobs, she has been actively working to increase the number of women in IT in the UK. During this time she has been involved in most aspects of attracting women to IT. For three years she chaired the Women in IT Forum, sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry. Through the Forum she commissioned research into the business case for diversity, flexible working, and retention issues. The Forum also shared best practice through its extensive network of over 100 member companies. Rebecca has written and published three papers on women in IT, women in e-business and diversity in an on-demand environment. She is passionate about increasing diversity of all kinds in the IT industry.
Since 2001 Rebecca has been involved in a number of areas in the Public Sector, including chairing a group for Sir John Egan's report into skills for Sustainable Communities, being a member of the Advisory Board for Lambeth, on an advisory board for the science faculty at Warwick University and being a member of the Intellect group examining professionalism in the IT industry. She is interested in transformation of the Public Sector, both in terms of delivering citizen centric services and also in joining up Public Sector organisations.
Rebecca received her OBE in 2005. She is married with two sons.

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