James J. Kavanaugh was appointed to his current position as Vice President and Controller at IBM in May 2008. Prior to being announced as Controller, Mr. Kavanaugh was vice president of finance and operations for IBM’s Sales & Distribution division. He held this position from January 2006 through May 2008.
In May 2004, Mr. Kavanaugh was named vice president of finance and operations for IBM’s Americas Group. In this capacity, Mr. Kavanaugh oversaw financial management and operations across the United States, Canada and Latin America.
Previously, Mr. Kavanaugh was vice president of finance and planning for IBM EMEA, located in Paris, France. In this role he served as chief financial officer for 124 countries, responsible for all strategic and operational financial management.
Mr. Kavanaugh was also assistant controller, finance and planning, for IBM’s corporate headquarters, where he was responsible for the IBM financial forecast and measurements process. Before this he served as director of planning and consolidation for the PC Company, responsible for strategic financial planning, forecasting and measurements. In May 1999, Mr. Kavanaugh assumed the role of chief financial officer of IBM’s Personal Systems Group, Americas.
Mr. Kavanaugh joined IBM in 1996 from AT&T Corporation, where he was the chief financial officer, Americas Global Services. Mr. Kavanaugh earned an Executive Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University.