Martin Fleming

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Martin Fleming (born March 19, 1953) is an American economist and business executive. Since 2010, he has been IBM’s Chief Economist[1] and, as vice president, is the head of IBM's Chief Analytics Office.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

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,[4] which later became Reed-Elsevier, Inc. By 1991 he held the position of vice president.[5][6] In 1996 he was an economic consultant at Abt Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[7]

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.[8] He remains in this position in 2016.

Boards and memberships[edit]

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[9][10] and its committee on economic indicators.[11] and the Julius Shiskin Awards Committee.[12] He served on the board of the Boston Association of Business Economists, including a term as president.[13]

Publications and presentations[edit]

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,[14] 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[15] and contributed to the American Chemical Society Science and Congress Report on Intellectual Property Products.[16] 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,[1] the National Association of Business Economists conference, the California Center for Service Science at the University of California[17] and the Dealbook’s Opportunities For Tomorrow conference in New York City.[8][18]

Personal life[edit]

In 1974 Fleming married Patricia Marie Magnan. The couple have two children.


  1. ^ a b Sirkin, Jessica. "IBM Economist: Big City Projects Ripe for Analytics-Based Innovation". DataInformed Big Data & Analytics in the Enterprise. DataInformed. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  2. ^ Brenda L. Dietrich; Emily C. Plachy; Maureen F. Norton (15 May 2014). Analytics Across the Enterprise: How IBM Realizes Business Value from Big Data and Analytics. Pearson Education. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-13-383588-5.
  3. ^ "Is social media causing the economic slowdown?". Times Free Press, September 1st, 2011 by Ellis Smith
  4. ^ "Do-it-yourself Trent May Grow". Santa Cruz Sentinel, Santa Cruz, California. July 31, 1986, Page 15
  5. ^ "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; U.S. Trade Journals Go Abroad for New Growth". New York Times, By STEVEN PROKESCH, February 3, 1992
  6. ^ "Will Mad Ave. Start Seeing Heavy Traffic Again?". Bloomberg, Oct 7, 1991
  7. ^ "Tracking Data That Predict Job Trends". New York Times, June 16, 1996 . By SABRA CHARTRAND
  8. ^ a b "CEO Brian Chesky Says Airbnb Will Be Filling More Room Nights Than All Hilton Hotels By The End Of 2012". TechCrunch, Dec 12, 2012 by Rip Empson
  9. ^ John W. Kendrick (6 December 2012). The New System of National Accounts. Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 447–. ISBN 978-94-009-1798-9.
  10. ^ "Poor statistics plague economic planners". Baltimore Sun, April 19, 1992 | By Bill Hendrick
  11. ^ Housing Market Report. CD Publications. 1987. p. 180.
  12. ^ "Julius Shiskin Award for Economic Statistics". Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Boston Chapter Conference of Business Economists". NABE Boston. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Journal of Economic and Social Measurement". IOS Press. IOS Press. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  15. ^ Improving federal statistics : hearing before the Joint Economic Committee, Congress of the United States, One Hundred Second Congress, first session, March 1, 1991. Washington [D.C.]: U.S. G.P.O. 1991. pp. 1–47. ISBN 0-16-035545-1.
  16. ^ "American Chemical Society Science and the Congress Project Intellectual Property Products Expanded NIPA Coverage" (PDF). National Retrieved 30 Jan 2014.
  17. ^ "California Center for Service Science". CA Center for Service University of California. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  18. ^ "Editor’s Note: More Than Just the Chinese Will Visit Hawaii". Hawaii Business, Steve Petranic, March 2012.