Hari Kannan is the Executive Vice President for Strategy and Business Development for IBM Infrastructure. As an experienced technologist, he plays a prominent role in defining IBM Infrastructure's organic and inorganic agenda.
Previously, he served as the SVP and Chief Strategy Officer at Rambus with a focus on transforming from Semi-conductor IP to Memory Products. Prior to that at Ericsson he was the Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy and GTM, North America, and a member of the Executive Leadership Team. He was responsible for strategy development and execution, commercials and pricing, partnerships and ventures, and special projects.
During his tenure at McKinsey, he served leading semiconductor memory and chipset providers, telecom giants, infrastructure vendors and cloud technology leaders on transformation and growth topics. He was also a leading member of the High-Tech Private Equity and M&A council. In his early career, Hari spent a decade in the storage industry, most notably at EMC (now owned by Dell) donning roles in product development, product management, pre-sales and in the CTO office. His global experience and network spans North America, Western Europe, and Asia.
Hari brings a unique combination of product/offering development (patent holder), strategy and go-to-market experience to drive growth and transformation initiatives. His high-tech knowledge across multiple technology pillars, and people leadership skills, have earned him a reputation for consistent results delivery, thought leadership and global deal making.
Hari has graduate degrees in Computer Science (M.S in Comp. Sci. from WPI, Ma) and Business (MBA from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania).