IBM Champions

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IBM Champions are individuals, non-IBMer and recognized professionals in the IBM community.

History and Organization[edit]

IBM has introduced the IBM Champion program back in 2008,[1] initially only in the IBM Information Management Software division. The program describes itself[2] as:

The IBM Champion program recognizes innovative thought leaders in the technical community — and rewards these contributors by amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. An IBM Champion is an IT professional, business leader, developer, or educator who influences and mentors others to help them make best use of IBM software, solutions, and services.

As of today, the program has elected 484 professionals across the globe.[3] As of 2018, champions are divided in 6 groups:

  • IBM Analytics Champions (merger of Business Analytics and Information Management)
  • IBM Cloud Champions
  • IBM Collaboration & Talent Champions (ICS)
  • IBM Power Systems Champions
  • IBM Storage Champions
  • IBM Z Champions

IBM Champions are nominated by their peers. An IBM internal committee publishes the results once a year and the title is valid for one year. The champion needs to be nominated every year.

Lifetime IBM Champions[edit]

Besides from being elected as an IBM Champion on a yearly basis, IBM announced the entitlement for a lifetime achievement to the following personalities (as of February 2017) [4]

  • Gabriella Davis
  • Theo Heselmans
  • Julian Robichaux

2017 Champions[edit]

On December 14, 2016, the IBM Champions for ICS in 2017 were announced.[5]

  • Aaron Bartell
  • Adam Brown
  • Adrian Randall
  • Alan Forbes
  • Andre Horak
  • Andrea Fontana
  • Andreas Ponte
  • Andrew Magerman
  • Anett Hammerschmidt
  • Benedek Menesi
  • Bill Malchisky
  • Bjoern Duengefeld
  • Brad Grissom
  • Carl Fravel
  • Chris Miller
  • Christian Güdemann
  • Christoph Adler
  • Christoph Stöttner
  • Colin Breckles
  • Csaba Kiss
  • Daniel Lieber
  • Daniel Nashed
  • Daniel Reichelt
  • Daniele Grillo
  • Daniele Vistalli
  • David Hablewitz
  • David Leedy
  • Detlev Pöttgen
  • Devin Olson
  • Doug Morrison
  • Ellen Feaheny
  • Eric McCormick
  • Felix Binsack
  • Femke Goedhart
  • Francie Tanner
  • Frank Gullo
  • Frank Van der Linden
  • Fredrik Norling
  • Gabriella Davis
  • Giuseppe Grasso
  • Go Kawakami
  • Graham Acres
  • Guillaume Gesnel
  • Hogne Bø Pettersen
  • Howard Greenberg
  • James Anderson
  • Jamie Magee
  • Jan Valdman
  • Jan F. Zeuthen
  • Jan Krejcárek
  • Jared Roberts
  • Jens Overgaard Dinesen
  • Jesse Gallagher
  • Joao Vendruscolo
  • Joerg Rafflenbeul
  • John Head
  • John Jardin
  • John Stockbridge
  • Johnny Oldenburger
  • Julian Robichaux
  • Karen Hooper
  • Karl-Henry Martinsson
  • Kathy Brown
  • Kazunori Tatsuki
  • Keith Brooks
  • Kenio Carvalho
  • Kim Greene
  • Klaus Bild
  • Kris De Bisschop
  • Lars Samuelsson
  • Leonardo Costa
  • Makoto Ono
  • Maria Enderstam-Nordin
  • Mark Myers
  • Martin Jinoch
  • Masahiko Miyo
  • Matteo Bisi
  • Michael McGarel
  • Mike Smith
  • Minesh Manilal
  • Mitsuru Katoh
  • Mouritz Opperman
  • Nathan Freeman
  • Nico Meisenzahl
  • Oliver Busse
  • Patrick Li
  • Patrick Spedding
  • Paul Withers
  • Per Henrik Lausten
  • Peter Cardon
  • Philippe Riand
  • Remco Angioni
  • René Winkelmeyer
  • Richard Moy
  • Rob Novak
  • Robert van den Breemen
  • Roberto Boccadoro
  • Roberto Mazzoni
  • Rodolphe Magnin-Feysot
  • Ronald Dekkers
  • Rudi Knegt
  • Sabrina Pick
  • Sandra Bühler
  • Serdar Basegmez
  • Sharon James
  • Siggi Meyer
  • Simon Vaughan
  • Söhnke Grams
  • Stefan Gebhardt
  • Stefan Sucker
  • Stefano Benassi
  • Stephen McDonagh
  • Takeshi Yoshida
  • Terry Boyd
  • Terry Cartwright
  • Theo Heselmans
  • Thomas Lindberg
  • Thomas Rickert
  • Tim Clark
  • Tim Malone
  • Tony Holder
  • Tony McPhail
  • Victor Toal
  • Wannes Rams

2016 Champions[edit]

On November 23, 2015, the IBM Champions for ICS in 2016 were announced.[6]

  • Adam Brown
  • Andre Horak
  • Andrea Fontana
  • Andreas Ponte
  • Anett Hammerschmidt
  • Ben Menesi
  • Bill Malchisky
  • Brad Balassaitis
  • Chris Miller
  • Christian Güdemann
  • Christoph Adler
  • Christoph Stoettner
  • Daniel Lieber
  • Daniel Nashed
  • Daniele Grillo
  • David Hablewitz
  • David Leedy
  • Dennis Rot
  • Detlev Poettgen
  • Devin Olson
  • Ellen Feaheny
  • Eric McCormick
  • Erik Vos
  • Erik Wüstner
  • Felix Binsack
  • Femke Goedhart
  • Francie Tanner
  • Frank Gullo
  • Fredrik Norling
  • Gabriella Davis
  • Giuseppe Grasso
  • Handly Cameron
  • Howard Greenberg
  • Jan Valdman
  • Jan Zeuthen
  • Jens Overgaard Dinesen
  • Jerome Deniau
  • Jesse Gallagher
  • John Head
  • John Jardin
  • Johnny Oldenburger
  • Julian Robichaux
  • Julius Schwarzweller
  • Justin Hill
  • Karen Hooper
  • Karl-Henry Martinsson
  • Kathy Brown
  • Kazunori Tatsuki
  • Keith Brooks
  • Kenji Ebihara
  • Kim Greene
  • Klaus Bild
  • Laks Sundararajan
  • Lars Samuelsson
  • Lisa Duke
  • Liz Albert
  • Maria Enderstam
  • Mark Calleran
  • Mark Myers
  • Mark Roden
  • Martin Jinoch
  • Masahiko Miyo
  • Matteo Bisi
  • Mike Ostrowski
  • Mike Smith]
  • Mikkel Heisterberg
  • Minesh Manilal
  • Mitch Cohen
  • Mitsuru Katoh
  • Nathan Freeman]
  • Oliver Busse
  • Patrick Hope
  • Paul Calhoun
  • Paul Della-Nebbia
  • Paul Withers
  • Per Henrik Lausten
  • Phillipe Riand
  • Ray Bilyk
  • Rene Winkelmeyer
  • Richard Moy
  • Rob Novak
  • Roberto Boccadoro
  • Robert van den Breemen
  • Roberto Mazzoni
  • Rudi Knegt
  • Sandra Buehler
  • Sasja Beerendonk
  • Serdar Basegmez
  • Sharon Bellamy
  • Shean McManus
  • Siggi Meyer
  • Simon Vaughan
  • Stefan Sucker
  • Stephen Thorne
  • Steve McDonagh
  • Steve Zavocki
  • Theo Heselmans
  • Thomas Lindberg
  • Tim Clark
  • Tim Malone
  • Toby Samples
  • Ulrich Krause
  • Victor Toal
  • Wannes Rams

2015 Champions[edit]

On December 3, 2014, the IBM Champions for ICS were announced.[7]

  • Adam Brown
  • Andrea Fontana
  • Andreas Ponte
  • Andrew Barickman
  • Arshad Khalid
  • Benedek Menesi
  • Bill Malchisky
  • Brad Balassaitis
  • Brian O'Neill
  • Bruce Elgort
  • Chris Miller
  • Christian Güdemann
  • Christoph Stoettner
  • Daniel Nashed
  • Daniel Reimann
  • Daniele Grillo
  • David Leedy
  • David Price
  • Eric McCormick
  • Felix Binsack]
  • Femke Goedhart
  • Francie Tanner
  • Fredrik Norling
  • Friso van den Berg
  • Gabriella Davis
  • Gary Swale
  • Giuseppe Grasso
  • Handly Cameron
  • Howard Greenberg
  • Jan Valdman
  • Jean-Yves Fiou
  • Jerome Deniau
  • Jesse Gallagher
  • John Dalsgaard
  • John Head
  • John Jardin
  • Julian Robichaux
  • Karl-Henry Martinsson
  • Kathy Brown
  • Kazunori Tatsuki
  • Keith Brooks
  • Kenio Carvalho
  • Kenji Ebihara
  • Kim Greene
  • Klaus Bild
  • Laks Sundararajan
  • Liz Albert
  • Luis Garza
  • Marcel Ribas
  • Marion Vrielink
  • Mark Calleran
  • Mark Leusink
  • Mark Myers
  • Mark Roden
  • Martin Jinoch
  • Masahiko Miyo
  • Matteo Bisi
  • Mike McGarel
  • Mike Ostrowski
  • Mike Smith]
  • Mikkel Heisterberg
  • Mitch Cohen
  • Mitsuru Katoh
  • Nathan Freeman
  • Olaf Boerner
  • Oliver Busse
  • Patrice Vialor
  • Patrick Hope
  • Paul Calhoun
  • Paul Della-Nebbia
  • Paul Withers
  • Per Lausten
  • Ray Bilyk
  • Rene Winkelmeyer
  • Richard Moy
  • Rob Novak
  • Rudi Knegt
  • Salvador Gallardo
  • Sandra Buehler
  • Sasja Beerendonk
  • Satoru Abe
  • Serdar Basegmez
  • Sharon Bellamy
  • Siggi Meyer
  • Simon Vaughan
  • Sjaak Ursinus
  • Stefan Sucker
  • Steve Pitcher
  • Stuart McIntyre
  • Takeshi Yoshida
  • Theo Heselmans
  • Tim Clark
  • Tim Malone
  • Tony Holder
  • Ulrich Krause
  • Wannes Rams

2014 Champions[edit]

On June 26, 2014, the IBM Business Analytics Champion were announced.

  • Alex Pataky
  • Anne-Marie Butler
  • Anthony Smarrelli
  • Armand Mizan
  • Bill Frank
  • Biral Patel
  • Brian Green
  • Ced Bufton
  • Chris Gaffney
  • Cris Payne
  • Dan McGowan
  • Daniel Bearison
  • David Mould
  • David Wright
  • Donna Powell
  • Doug Isbecque
  • Eboni Washington
  • Gary Seaman
  • Gaurav Sharma
  • Gregory Howes
  • Heather Cole
  • Imad Jawadi
  • Jack Purvis
  • Jacqueline Newmark
  • Jakob Feldhusen
  • James Hough
  • Jeff Guevin
  • Jessica White
  • Jim Kobolt
  • John Hassman
  • John Lucas
  • Justin Croft
  • Kay Van De Vanter
  • Kirk Kelly
  • Marcel de Kler
  • Mark Lack
  • Mark McDaniel
  • Mike Knabb
  • Monique Dozier
  • Nick Waters
  • Nihad Aytaman
  • Nitin D'Souza
  • Norm Carroll
  • Oscar Hernández
  • Patrick Patterson
  • Patrick Ritto
  • Phil Ice
  • Robby Myers
  • Sam Gottlieb
  • Sanjeev Datta
  • Sebastian Polag
  • Sergio Rojas
  • Shane Morgan
  • Sherain Messenger
  • Stefan Crisp
  • Søren Wolstrup
  • Theresa Jaques
  • Thomas Baldwin
  • Tim Llewellyen
  • Tom Doub
  • Tom Marks
  • Wayne Milano
  • Yuri Kudryavcev

On June 16, 2014, the IBM Information Management Software champions were announced:[8]

  • Alex Levy
  • Alex Philp
  • Alexander Kopac
  • Andrew Ford
  • Andrew Juarez
  • Andrew Mackey
  • Andrew Park
  • Andy Sorrell
  • Andy Sykes
  • Anna Brodie
  • Art Kagel
  • Bernie O'Connor
  • Bill Shipley
  • Bindu Madhav
  • Bjarne Nelson
  • Bob Vargo
  • Bonnie Baker
  • Brad Romano
  • Brenda Boshoff
  • Brian Kordelski
  • Bruce Simms
  • Bryan Paulsen
  • Carol Copeman
  • Cecilia Rodríguez Babino
  • Chai Lam
  • Cindy Lichtenauer
  • Clifton Gathings
  • Craig Mullins
  • Cristian Molaro
  • Cuneyt Goksu
  • Cyrille Oudard
  • Dan Dechichio
  • Dan Galvin
  • Dan Pichler
  • Daniel L. Luksetich
  • Dave Beulke
  • David Birmingham
  • David Chapman
  • David Link
  • David Simpson
  • Diwakar Rao Kale
  • Douglas J. Partch
  • Dusty Rivers
  • Elena Smirnova
  • Ember Crooks
  • Eric Vercelletto
  • Frank Blau
  • Frank C. Fillmore Jr.
  • Frank Petersen
  • Fred Sobotka
  • Frederik Engelen
  • Fusheng Wang
  • Gary Ben-Israel
  • Georg Hüttenegger
  • Gonzalo Angeleri
  • Greg DeBo
  • Greg Marshall
  • Hans Miseur
  • Hilary Simpson
  • Hrvoje Zokovic
  • Ian Bjorhovde
  • Iqbal Goralwalla
  • Isaac Yassin
  • Ivo-Paul Tummers
  • Jacek Rafalak
  • Jacek Surma
  • Jan Henderyckx
  • Jay Yusko
  • Jean Georges Perrin
  • Jean-Marc Blaise
  • Jesse Crane
  • Ji-yong Jung
  • Jim Martin
  • Jim Sharpe
  • Joachim Müller
  • Jochen Donner
  • Joe Borges
  • Joe Geller
  • John Haldeman
  • Judy Nall
  • Julian Stuhler
  • Julie Prough
  • Julio Aspiazu
  • Kate Tomchik
  • Kathy Komer
  • Kevin Janes
  • Khaled Bentebal
  • Kim Floss
  • Kim May
  • Kim Non Liew
  • Klaas Brant
  • Kohli Kshitij
  • Kurt Struyf
  • Larry Jardine
  • Lloyd Matthews
  • Lockwood Lyon
  • Lori Galluzzo
  • Louis Ippolito
  • Luc Vandaele
  • Manav Mehra
  • Manuel Gomez
  • Marc Hebert
  • Mark Greenfield
  • Mark Labby
  • Mark Moncelle
  • Martin Hubel
  • Martti Laiho
  • Matt Simons
  • Meir Zohar
  • Michael Bruzdzinski
  • Michael Krafick
  • Michael P. Martin Jr.
  • Michael Tiefenbacher
  • Miguel Carbone
  • Mike Walker
  • Min Seob Jeong
  • Mirna Kos
  • Mohankumar (Mohan) P Saraswatipura
  • Myounghoon Kim
  • Nate Murphy
  • Nick Lai
  • Nikolay Gerasimov
  • Nita Khare
  • Ognjen Orel
  • Ole Holmskov
  • Patricia Vessey
  • Paul Murray
  • Paul Pendle
  • Paul Turpin
  • Peter Ong Gaik Sun
  • Peter Prib
  • Peter Suhner
  • Phil Grainger
  • Philip K. Gunning
  • Philip Nelson
  • Philippe Dubost
  • Radoslava Goranova
  • Rajesh Prabhu
  • Ray Daignault
  • Ray Wurlod
  • Rhonda Hackenburg
  • Richard Lee
  • Rick Zobus
  • Robert (Kent) Collins
  • Roger E. Sanders
  • Roland Schock
  • Roman Glodowski
  • Ron Bisceglia
  • Rupal Mudholkar
  • Saeid Mohseni
  • Sang-gyu Jeong
  • Santosh Gundu
  • Scott Hayes
  • SooKwang Song
  • Sreeharsha Naik
  • Stacey Gregerson
  • Steen Rasmussen
  • Stefan Kraemer
  • Stephen Jones
  • Steve Rosenberger
  • Steven Thomas
  • Struzhkin Nikolay
  • Stuart Litel
  • Suresh Sane
  • Susan Lawson
  • Svenn-Aage Sønderskov
  • Ted Alexander
  • Terry Johnson
  • Thanikachalam (Billy) Sundarrajan
  • Thomas Kalb
  • Tom Beebe
  • Tony Andrews
  • Tony Winch
  • Trevor Eddolls
  • Troy Coleman
  • Troy Zinderman
  • Vijay Sitaram
  • Vincent McBurney
  • Vladimir Bacvanski
  • Vladimir Milojkovic
  • Walt Hultgren
  • Walter Janissen
  • Wayne Zhu
  • William Bell
  • Wonjong Lee
  • Yang Sun
  • Zeljen Stanic

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Triton DB2 Experts Recognised as IBM Champions for a Successive Year". Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "IBM Champion Program". IBM. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "IBM Champion profile search results for All expertise". Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  4. ^ . 2016-02-22 https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/ibmchampion/entry/Recognizing_Lifetime_Achievement?lang=en. Retrieved 2016-02-22.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Introducing the 2017 IBM Champions for ICS!". 2016-12-14. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  6. ^ "Announcing the IBM Champion Class of 2016 for IBM Social Business". 2015-11-23. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  7. ^ "Announcing the 2015 Class of IBM Champions for ICS". 2014-12-03. Retrieved 2015-04-28. 
  8. ^ "2014 IBM Champions for Information Management". 2014-06-16. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 

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