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Infrastructure Matters January 2014
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Adalio Sanchez is General Manager of IBM’s System x server unit responsible for all facets of IBM's multi-billion dollar x86 server business, including product development, marketing, sales, operations, and overall financial performance. He is also a member of the IBM Performance Team, a group of the company's highest senior executive officers.

Mr. Sanchez has over 27 years of experience in the information technology marketplace. Mr. Sanchez held the positions of General Manager of IBM Microelectronics, General Manager of IBM’s UNIX server business, General Manager of Storage Networking, General Manger of Manufacturing Operations and Business Transformation for the IBM Personal Systems Group and General Manager of IBM’s Mobile Computing unit.

Mr. Sanchez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Miami and a Masters of Business Administration from Florida International University (FIU). He was named the 2007 U.S. Hispanic Engineer of the Year and has frequently been named to the list of the Top 50 Hispanics in Technology and Business. He is a member of the FIU Foundation Board of Directors, Chairman of the FIU Engineering School Executive Advisory Council, and serves as Chairman of SHPE Advisory Board.

Alex Yost is VP and Business Line Executive for IBM PureFlex, System x, and BladeCenter.

Previously, Alex was Director of  Product Management responsible for hardware, options and storage offerings for IBM’s Industry – Standard x86 servers.

Prior to that, Alex was the IBM executive responsible for the Intel Alliance.  Alex also worked for IBM in Tokyo Japan as Sales Executive for IBM eServer xSeries in Asia Pacific and  Brand Manager for IBM eServer xSeries in Asia Pacific.

Alex has a long history with IBM in the Intel - based server business, and has held various responsibilities in the organization including Worldwide Manager of Product Marketing for IBM eServer xSeries and was operations manager for brand’s Worldwide Marcomm organization before taking brand management responsibility.  

Alex has been with IBM System x since 1997.  Before coming to IBM, Alex held sales and channel management positions with Xerox.

Alex has a degree in Economics and a Master’s in Business Administration, both from Duke University, in Durham, NC.

Michael Kuhn is Vice President and Business Line Executive for IBM Flash Systems within IBM’s Systems & Technology Group. He is responsible for the business strategy and world wide execution of flash optimized solutions, one of IBM’s fastest growing technologies.  Through development and strategic acquisitions (including Texas Memory Systems in 2012), he is leading a team focused on advancing the storage and systems portfolio with new technologies and innovative solutions designed for the data-centric, cloud-enabled workloads of the new era of IT.

Prior to assuming his current assignment, he was Vice President of Lab Services and Technical Training for IBM’s Systems & Technology Group. In this role, he had business responsibility for a $350M technical services business unit, with 1,500 IT Consultants focused on helping clients deploy solutions in their data centers while accelerating the adoption of new technology from IBM’s world-class systems development labs. He also lead a technical training services business which helps clients understand how to maximize the investment in their IT infrastructure by developing skills around systems and storage management technologies and industry best practices.

Prior to this position, Mike held the positions of Director, Technical Sales & Support Centers for STG, Director of Product Marketing for Mainframe Systems (now IBM Systems z) and Director of Strategy & Operations for IBM’s Enterprise Server business. He also held the positions of Program Director within IBM’s UNIX (now IBM Power Systems) business in Austin, TX, IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, NY and IBM’s Corporate Headquarters in Armonk, NY. He began his career as an analyst in Endicott, NY.

Mike graduated from Penn State University (BS), University of Scranton (MBA) and The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business (Executive Development Program).