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  • Larry Hirst CBE is the former Chairman of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa. He was appointed to this position in April, 2008 and retired from IBM in July 2010. He represented IBM to the European Commission and other authorities such as NATO and the EDA on issues of international public policy and business regulation. He also oversaw the company's corporate citizenship, environmental affairs, intellectual property, standards development and university relations activities across the region. Prior to that role, Hirst led IBM's business in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and South Africa between 2002 and 2008. He began his IBM career as a sales trainee in 1977. Leadership roles included Director of Operations in Eastern Europe and Russia and Vice President of the Financial Services Sector in EMEA. Hirst has a number of roles that support his twin passions of educational improvement and information technology. He is Chairman of the 'Transition to Teaching' Steering Committee, appointed by the UK Secretary of State for education; he is also Chairman of e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for IT, Telecoms and Contact Centres. In 2007, he was appointed Commissioner at the UK Government's Commission for Employment and Skills. The following year he was made Chairman of the UK Trade and Investment Executive Board, responsible for driving the UK's trade and investment objectives in the telecoms and IT sectors. Wikipedia

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