Alumna Anne Altman honored with the IES&BD Lifetime Achievement Award

aaltmanAnne Altman is General Manager of IBM’s U.S Federal Government and Industries sector.  In this role, Ms. Altman is responsible for the strategy, direction, development of solutions, and sales for driving IBM’s multi-billion business with Federal Government Clients in the United States.

With a strong foundation in technology delivery, Ms. Altman joined IBM in 1981 as a systems engineer.  She quickly distinguished herself as a technology strategist who understands how best to leverage the intersections of high performance computing, business analytics software, and research with the unique needs of government and private sector clients.

Ms. Altman’s three-decade career with IBM has been heavily influenced by the work she has delivered in the government market.  She previously served as General Manager for IBM’s Public Sector with responsibilities for global government, state and local agencies as well as education and health care.

Known as a transformational leader, she has often been tapped to address complex business challenges within IBM and on behalf of clients.  Most notably, she helped establish IBM’s footprint as a major force in the U.S. Federal market; and led the company’s server hardware business during the most important product launch in the history of the mainframe business – the System z mainframe.

A recognized thought leader who has delivered congressional testimony on behalf of IBM on topics ranging from national security, technology in the military and intelligence communities, ‘smarter’ government, intelligent transportation, cloud computing, business analytics software, the role of innovation to drive economic growth and government R&D.


Today, Ms. Altman will receive the 2013 IES&BD Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Sales Excellence Award event in McLean, Virginia. This prestigious event is often referenced as the “Oscars of Sales Achievement” as it recognizes one outstanding businessperson in addition to companies and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategies, and vision in sales and business development.

In addition to the IES&BD Lifetime Achievement Award, Ms. Altman is a recipient of the prestigious Eagle Award, one of the highest honors issued to technology partners serving the Federal market.  In addition, her outstanding contributions to the information technology industry and its clients include: Federal Computer Week’s Top Federal 100, Washingtonian Magazine Top Tech Titans, Washington’s 100 Most Powerful Women, the Award for Industry, the CIO Council’s Azimuth Award for the Industry Executive of the Year, and a Lifetime Achievement Heroines award from the March of Dimes and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

annemagcoverHer work has been featured in leading publications, including The Washington Post, Associated Press, Federal Computer Week, Business Week, The New York Times, Washington Technology, Government Computer News, Information Week, among others.  Ms. Altman has also contributed to key government-related review boards for organizations such as the National Academy of Public Administration, the National Science Academy and the Private Sector Council.

Ms. Altman is committed to community service and serves on the Executive Committees of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, National Symphony Orchestra, and National Kidney Foundation.  She also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for George Mason University’s School of Management.

Ms. Altman earned her BS in Marketing from George Mason University.  Her professional success and tireless support of her alma mater were recognized in 2011 when she was honored as Mason’s School of Management Alumna of the Year.

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Whitney Hanlin

I serve as the Assistant Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations for George Mason University’s School of Business. In my role, I seek to connect alumni and friends of the School of Business with a variety of projects and initiatives in an effort to support the mission of George Mason University.

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