Deb Bubb is an HR Vice President and the Chief Leadership, Learning & Inclusion Officer at IBM. She leads the organization responsible for executive leadership and management development, corporate learning, and executive search and integration. With her team, Bubb guides IBM’s award-winning diversity and inclusion efforts, and spearheads the company’s employee engagement and agile organizational initiatives. Bubb also provides HR leadership for IBM’s Corporate units and its Industry Platforms & Global Industries groups, driving people and culture solutions.
Leveraging a digital learning marketplace and AI and science-based assessment and development solutions, Bubb and her team are reinventing leadership and culture at IBM. Their data driven, behavioral science based, and human-centered approach is ensuring that IBMers have the strategic skills to thrive in today’s marketplace. In addition, by embedding inclusion and engagement into the company’s management system, IBMers are creating a challenging and supportive environment—marked by clear purpose and strong employee engagement. Continuous learning is a longstanding company priority at IBM, and Bubb and her team are harnessing that legacy to transform a technology pioneer with 108 years of delivering innovation that changes the world.
Prior to joining IBM, Bubb was a vice president and director of global leadership and learning at Intel Corporation. She had overall responsibility for Intel’s corporate leadership and learning strategy and for developing and deploying solutions and systems to unleash the leader inside everyone at Intel, from employee to executive.
Bubb’s background in human resources and leadership includes deep experience in strategic business partnership roles, organizational and leadership development, as well as HR operations management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University and a master’s degree in social work from Smith College.