Lauren is an experienced technology executive having spent her career at IBM addressing complex business challenges in a broad variety of roles including technology, strategy, transformation, sales and talent development. Prior to her retirement, she was Vice President, Strategy and Transformation for IBM Software Group, responsible for the sales force strategy for the company’s multibillion-dollar software business. Previously, she was a leader in IBM’s transformation to cloud computing serving as Chief Technology Officer in corporate strategy. She is widely recognized for the development, growth and mentoring of leaders within IBM and across the business and academic
Currently, Ms. States serves as an independent director on the publicly held corporation boards of Clean Harbors, Inc. (NYSE:CLH), Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE:DBD) and Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE:WBS). Across these boards, she serves as a member of the Audit, Risk, Nominating and Corporate Governance, Technology and Environmental, Health and Safety committees. Ms. States has a CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight, issued by the NACD and Carnegie Mellon University. She also served as a Commissioner on the
NACD Blue Ribbon Commission report on “Culture as a Corporate Asset”.
Ms. States serves as a Director for Code Nation and as a Trustee for International House, NY. She holds a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia University Business School Executive Education and completed a Fellowship with Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative in 2015.
Lauren was inducted into the Women in Technology International, Women in Science and Technology Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2018, Lauren received the Grace Hoadley Dodge Community Leadership Award from the YWCA of New York City. Women Inc. Magazine named her as one of 2019’s Most Influential Corporate Board Directors.