Lauren is an experienced technology leader having worked for IBM for over three decades addressing complex business challenges across the company’s global business. Prior to her retirement, she served as Vice President, Strategy and Transformation for IBM’s Software Group and was a member of the Growth and Transformation senior leadership team. From 2008 to 2013, she was a leader in the company’s transformation to cloud computing and served as Chief Technology Officer in the corporate strategy function. Over her career, she has served in a broad variety of roles including technology, transformation, and sales and talent development.
Currently, Ms. States serves as an independent director on the boards of Clean Harbors, Inc., Norwell, MA and Webster Financial Corporation, Waterbury, CT. She also serves on the Board of International House, NY, the Dean’s Executive Council of Northeastern University, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, and as a Director for SciptEd.
She holds a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a Fellowship with Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative in 2015, focused on improving the participation of women and minorities in the tech industry.
Lauren was inducted into the Women in Technology International, Women in Science and Technology Hall of Fame in 2014. Silicon Republic named her one of the 40 Women Leading Tech around the World in 2016. In 2017, Savoy Magazine listed States among the “2017 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors”.