Stanley S. Litow

VP, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, IBM

Stanley S. Litow is IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of IBM’s Foundation. Under Mr. Litow, IBM has developed innovative voice recognition technology to help children and adults learn to read, a humanitarian virtual supercomputer to speed research on cancer and AIDS, and new digital imaging technology to improve water quality. In 2015, IBM was recognized with the “Best Corporate Steward” (large business) award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Mr. Litow helped devise IBM P-TECH, a grade 9 through 14 schools initiative to transform education across the U.S. and abroad – breaking the cycle of poverty, closing the skills gap and strengthening economic competitiveness by connecting education to jobs. He has served as Chair of the (New York) Governor’s Panel on Common Core Education Standards, on the President’s Welfare-to-Work Commission, on the boards of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, The Citizens Budget Commission, The After-School Corporation and the Albert Shanker Institute. Currently, Mr. Litow also serves as a Governor’s appointee on the board of the State University of New York. A firm believer in the power of public-private partnerships and citizen diplomacy, Mr. Litow also established IBM’s Corporate Service Corps, a corporate version of the Peace Corps that trains and deploys thousands of IBM’s future leaders, and the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, which over the last five years has contributed the services of more than 700 top IBM experts to help more than 116 cities worldwide become more effective. A prolific author, Mr. Litow has published articles and commentary in such outlets as: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, the Bush Center Blog, Corporate Responsibility, CRAIN’s New York Business, Education Week, HBS Working Papers, The Huffington Post, the MIT Innovations Journal, Newsday, The New York Times, the New York University Annual Survey of American Law, U.S. News & World Report, The Yale Law Journal and publications of the American Academy of Sciences. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Litow served as Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools, founder and CEO of Interface, a nonprofit think tank, and as both a City and State Official appointed by the Mayor and Governor of New York.