Kris Pederson of IBM Global Business Services

Kris Pederson fashions herself a “business doctor.” And it’s an apt title, as Pederson, vice president and partner of IBM Global Business Services, started her undergrad education in a pre-med program at UCLA. “From about five, I wanted to be a doctor,” she says. However, she quickly found that the softer skills involved with medicine were much more compelling, and she used that interest to go into business and get her MBA from Harvard Business School. But she still sees the parallels in her initial career choice and her role at IBM. “Instead of physical pain, you’re sorting out business pain.”

Kris Pederson - IBM Global Business ServicesKris Pederson fashions herself a “business doctor.” And it’s an apt title, as Pederson, vice president and partner of IBM Global Business Services, started her undergrad education in a pre-med program at UCLA. “From about five, I wanted to be a doctor,” she says. However, she quickly found that the softer skills involved with medicine were much more compelling, and she used that interest to go into business and get her MBA from Harvard Business School. But she still sees the parallels in her initial career choice and her role at IBM. “Instead of physical pain, you’re sorting out business pain.”

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