Can’t Say What Trump is Thinking: IBM CEO
Bengaluru: IBM CEO Ginni Rometty straight-batted criticism of her continuing presence in US president Donald Trump’s White House business advisory council, even as she made a strong pitch for the company’s cognitive business in India.
“I can’t tell you what he (Trump) is thinking. I am on an advisory council, with a number of companies around the world to give input,” said Rometty, when asked about Trump’s thinking on immigration and visas.
“The topic of jobs is the topic of every country I go to. And no matter which Prime Minister I meet, they want to know how many jobs you have in the country. Jobs are important to every country,” added Rometty.
Rometty and Tesla boss Elon Musk have been subject to criticism on their decision to continue working with the Trump admini- stration since Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down from the council earlier this month.
“The way to get progress is to engage… to bring solutions. In cases where there are dilemmas between freedom of movement and people and security, there are always tradeoffs... All this talk about cognitive... there are ways to make the world more secure so that people can move freely,” Rometty added. Rometty also made a strong pitch for cognitive computing in India. “You are a country of developers, which is why I say cognitive is India’s future,” she said.
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty