Nicole Gardner

Senior advisor, retired Vice President
IBM Corporation

For more than 30 years, I have been a global innovator and strategist specializing in bringing technology solutions to address the world’s most difficult problems particularly for vulnerable populations such as children, the mentally ill and unemployed.

Describe your industry experience:

My industry experience includes:

  • 39 years in the Government market, including global, US Federal and State and Local
  • 17 years in the Technology industry
  • 15 years in Strategy, Innovation, Business Process and Management consulting
  • 14 years in Global transportation and trade
  • 11 years in Healthcare
  • 4 years in Mental Health
  • 31 years in Veterans industry
  • 10 years in Human Capital Management specializing in eLearning and Training

Describe your functional experience:

  • Federal Healthcare leader of $350m P&L manager
  • Global Social Services & Healthcare leader – $1.4B P&L manager
  • North American Social Services leader – $250m portfolio manager
  • Global Innovation Officer – $100m portfolio manager
  • Public Sector Human Capital services – $300m P&L holder
  • eLearning practice founder and global leader – $550m P&L holder

Describe your key business transactional experience:

  • For IBM I managed the global consulting integration activities of a strategic acquisition in 2013-2014
  • For Price Waterhouse I developed the strategy and financial profile for the strategic sale for a business component valued @ $2b in 1999-2000

What is the most important skill you bring to a corporate board?

  • Global strategy and innovation for technology