Frank T. Cary
Following the legacies of Watson Sr. and Watson Jr., who ran IBM for almost 60 years, was no easy feat, but Cary more than proved his mettle. Under his direction, IBM expanded into new markets outside its traditional mainframe business into personal computers, graphic terminals, and information technology consulting. Through his leadership, IBM was recognized by <i>Fortune</i> as one of the best-managed and most admired companies in the United States. Throughout his tenure, IBM posted some of the strongest financial returns of all U.S. companies.