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Profile of registrant

IBM Corporation

Identification number in the register: 7721359944-96
Registration date: 08/01/09 22:55:00

The information on this organisation was last modified on 19/12/14 09:37:07
The date of the last annual update was 30/12/13 14:56:31

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: IBM Corporation
Acronym: IBM
Legal status: Corporation
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Companies & groups

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Ms  Virginia Rometty
Position: Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Liam Benham
Position: Vice President, Governmental Programs, Europe

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 1 New Orchard Road 
Armonk, New York 10504
Telephone number: (+914) 499 1900
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information: Brussels Office:

Liam Benham
Vice President, Governmental Programs, Europe
IBM Europe
Ave. de Cortenbergh 116
B-1000 Brussels, Belgium

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: IBM is a globally integrated enterprise that targets the intersection of technology and effective business. The company seeks to be a partner in its clients’ success by enabling their own capacity for distinctive innovation. To help clients achieve growth, effectiveness, efficiency
and the realization of greater value through innovation, IBM draws upon the world’s leading systems, software and services capabilities.


The company’s major operations comprise a Global Technology
Services segment; a Global Business Services segment; a Systems and Technology segment; a Software segment; and a Global Financing segment.

IBM’s research and development (R&D) operations differentiate the company from its competitors. IBM annually spends approximately $6 billion for R&D, focusing its investments in high-growth, high-value opportunities.

In addition to producing world-class hardware and software products, IBM innovations are a major differentiator in providing solutions for the company’s clients through its growing services activities. The company’s investments in R&D also result in intellectual property (IP) income of approximately $1 billion annually. Some of IBM’s technological breakthroughs are used exclusively in IBM products, while others are licensed and may be used in either/both IBM products and/or the products of the licensee.

IBM’s ability to deliver differentiating innovation to its clients is being greatly enhanced by the company’s global integration which is simultaneously giving the company better economics and deeper capabilities, while eliminating redundancies that were built up over fifty years as a growing multinational enterprise. The company operates in 170 countries, with approximately 69 percent of its employees outside the U.S. As a globally integrated enterprise, the company organizes work based on the right costs, the right skills and the right business environment, integrating deeply with its partners, suppliers and clients. Being global is about gaining access to talent and skills and then scaling them globally to develop new, distinctive capabilities. The company’s integrated operations enable IBM to be the most efficient, responsive and globally integrated enterprise — able to instantly leverage its expertise and capabilities — anywhere, at any time.


In IBM’s view, today’s networked economy has created a global business landscape and a mandate for business change. Integrated global economies have opened markets of new opportunity and new sources of skills. The Internet has enabled communication and collaboration across the world and brought with it a new computing model premised
on continuous global connection. In that landscape, companies can distribute work and technology anywhere in the world. Given these opportunities, IBM is working with its clients to develop new business designs and technical architectures that allow their businesses the flexibility required to compete in this new landscape. The business is also adjusting its footprint toward emerging geographies, tapping their double-digit growth, providing the technology infrastructure they need, and taking advantage of the talent pools they provide to better service the company’s clients.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 7
Complementary information: IBM employees carrying out advocacy activities and whose core task is interfacing with EU institutions.

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Nicholas Hodac 16/01/14 14/01/15


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

IBM has a wide interest in public policy. Here below a non-exhaustive list of the main EU initiatives followed during 2013:
- General Data Protection Regulation (Proposal COM(2012) 11 final)
- Proposal for a Directive concerning measures to ensure a high common level of network and information
security across the Union (COM (2013) 48 final)
- Horizon 2020 package
- ERDF regulation
- EU-US Trade Negotations (TTIP)
- Proposal for a Directive on conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an
intra-corporate transfer ( COM (2010) 378 final)
- Proposal for a Directive amending Council Directives 78/660/EEC and 83/349/EEC as regards disclosure of nonfinancial and diversity information by certain large companies and groups

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Budget
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Culture
  • Customs
  • Development
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Energy
  • Enlargement
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • External Relations
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Public Health
  • Regional Policy
  • Research and Technology
  • Taxation
  • Trade
  • Trans-European Networks
  • Transport


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union
European Services Forum
Open Forum Europe
CSR Europe
Transatlantic Business Council
International Chamber of Commerce
Lisbon Council
German Marshall Fund
European Study Group
European Organisation for Security (EOS)
European Internet Foundation
Transatlantic Policy Network

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 1000000  € - 1250000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 14,128,348 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

2. Estimated costs
IBM has declared the financial support it provides to all networks, trade associations, coalitions and think-tanks that assist IBM in representing itself to the European Institutions - whether or not these organizations have themselves registered as part of the Transparency Register.
With respect to direct representation costs IBM has identified the individuals who have a responsibility to represent IBM to the European Institutions and the percentage of the time they spend in direct representation of IBM's interests.

3. Amount and source of funding
Following the guidelines published by the European Commission, the financial information provided concerning Grants is extracted from the 'European Financial Transparency Register' - - for the year 2012.

With regard to Procurement, the European Commission website does not provide separate figures for IBM legal entities.

IBM has not compared these figures with what is included in any of its otherwise publicly available financial information.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.