Martin Fleming (born March 19, 1953) is an American economist and business executive. Since 2010, he has been IBM’s Chief Economist and, as vice president, is the head of IBM's Chief Analytics Office.
Early life and education
Fleming was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. He graduated in 1974 from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Fleming earned a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Tufts University in 1976, and in 1980 he completed a Ph.D. in Economics.
Fleming worked as a research assistant at the Alfred P. Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. By 1986 he was working as an economist at the publishing company Cahners Business Information, which later became Reed-Elsevier, Inc. By 1991 he held the position of vice president. In 1996 he was an economic consultant at Abt Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In 1999 Fleming was hired by IBM as head of its Emerging Business Opportunity program, and also managed planning and strategy for global sales and distribution. In 2006 he joined the company's Corporate Strategy team. He also chaired a committee called "Smarter Planet", which focused on reducing the company's environmental footprint and developing energy-saving products.
By 2012, Fleming was IBM's Chief Economist. He remains in this position in 2016.
Boards and memberships
In 2016 Fleming is a member of the American Economic Association and the Conference of Business Economists. He has also served on the Board of the National Association of Business Economists, and chaired its Statistics Committee and its committee on economic indicators. and the Julius Shiskin Awards Committee. He served on the board of the Boston Association of Business Economists, including a term as president.
Publications and presentations
Fleming has authored and co-authored a number of articles about current economic issues. His work has been published in professional journals, including the Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, Business Economics and American Demographics, as well as in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Fleming has testified before the Joint Economic Committee and contributed to the American Chemical Society Science and Congress Report on Intellectual Property Products. He has also given keynote speeches and participated on panel discussions, including the MIT Center for Digital Business Roundtable on the Digital Economy, the MIT Big Data Summit, the National Association of Business Economists conference, the California Center for Service Science at the University of California and the Dealbook’s Opportunities For Tomorrow conference in New York City.
In 1974 Fleming married Patricia Marie Magnan. The couple have two children.
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