President, OpenPOWER Foundation
Calista is Director of OpenPOWER Global Alliances at IBM, leading OpenPOWER strategic relationships including execution of commercialization strategies, development and business projects, and primary matchmaker to opportunities across the broader OpenPOWER community. Calista serves as IBM’s director on the OpenPOWER Board and President of the Foundation with a mission to guide the success of the OpenPOWER community and proliferation of POWER in the industry. Calista’s background includes building and executing strategic business models within IBM’s Systems Group through open source initiatives including OpenDaylight and OpenPOWER, numerous acquisition and divestiture missions, and several strategic alliances. Prior to joining IBM, she was an entrepreneur in four successful start-ups in the IT industry. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University.