Robert LeBlanc is Senior Vice President, Middleware Software, for IBM Software Group. He has global responsibility for the strategy and management of IBM’s industry-leading middleware portfolio. This includes Application and Integration Middleware, Information Management, Rational, Tivoli, and the newly-formed IBM Security Systems Division. Mr. LeBlanc also chairs IBM’s Technology Team, a senior executive team responsible for setting IBM’s technology agenda.
Previously, Mr. LeBlanc was general manager, Worldwide Software Sales, IBM Software Group. In this capacity, he had global responsibility for overall sales strategy and management of IBM Software Group. Mr. LeBlanc led a worldwide software sales team of approximately 17,000 employees around the globe.
Mr. LeBlanc has served as general manager, Global Consulting Services and SOA, IBM Global Business Services. He led IBM’s core consulting practice, including developing and maintaining alliances with ISVs and the performance of the six global service lines. He also oversaw the company's SOA efforts, directing the strategy around industry IP, skills and enablement.
Mr. LeBlanc joined IBM in 1981 in Canada as a systems programmer trainee in the Toronto Laboratory. During his IBM career, he has held a number of technical and management positions at both IBM's Toronto Laboratory and within Software Group. He has also served in a number of leadership positions at IBM, including general manager of the Application & Integration Middleware Division (WebSphere) for IBM Software Group, responsible for driving the strategic direction for IBM's middleware technologies. Mr. LeBlanc has also been general manager of the storage networking division of IBM's Storage Systems Group, general manager of solutions and strategy for IBM Software Group, and general manager of Tivoli software.
Mr. LeBlanc holds a BSC in Computer Science and an MBA degree in Management Information Systems and Corporate Strategy from the University of Toronto.