Women in Technology Hall of Fame

Janet Perna

Janet Perna

General Manager, Data Management Solutions, IBM Software Group

Inducted in 2001

At the time of her induction, Janet Perna was IBM’s highest ranking female software executive.

Before her retirement in 2006, Janet not only put IBM databases on top of the chart but lead IBM’s data management business to expand into new, lucrative areas.

She was an industry leader, collaborating with her peers and forging relationships with other industry front-runners, setting the standards for others to follow. She led with purpose and determination, helping shape an industry. Although she is officially retired, she still serves as a technology advisor at BridgeGrowth Partners, Centana Management LLC, and Georgian Partners.

She is a corporate director for Cloudmark and a member of the foundation board of directors at the State University of New York at Oneonta.

After joining IBM in 1974 as a programmer in the I/S department, Janet moved to product development at IBM’s Santa Teresa Laboratory. She was later appointed the general manager of IBM’s data management division and then was appointed as general manager of information management within IBM’s Software Group.

Janet was also appointed to IBM’s World Management Council–a prestigious advisory board.

Janet’s hard work got her recognized by InformationWeek as one of the nation’s Top 10 Women in IT, and included among the thinkers and innovators on Sm@rt Partner’s list of 50 Smartest People.

Georgian Partners