Handout photo of Palmisano and Rometty at IBM's corporate headquarters in Armonk

 
Handout photo of Palmisano and Rometty at IBM
Sam Palmisano and Virginia M. "Ginni" Rometty are seen at IBM's corporate headquarters in Armonk, New York, in this undated handout image obtained by Reuters October 26, 2011. IBM global sales chief Rometty will take over as CEO from Palmisano in January, becoming one of the most powerful women in business and technology today. IBM, which over the decades had a reputation of being a strait-laced, plodding, male-dominated business empire, will formally appoint the 54-year-old engineering and computer science graduate its first female CEO on Jan. 1. Palmisano will remain IBM's chairman. REUTERS/Jon Iwata-IBM/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS