Arvind Krishna (born 1962) is an Indian-American business executive. He is the chief executive officer (CEO) of IBM. Krishna began his career at IBM (almost 30 years long) as an engineer in IBM Research, was promoted to senior vice president in 2015, and was promoted to CEO in April 2020. In 2018, he led IBM's acquisition of Red Hat for $34 billion, which is the largest software company acquisition in history. On his first day as CEO, Krishna wrote to IBM staff, 'I believe we can make IBM the most trusted technology partner of the 21st century [...] Character is of the utmost importance.'