Esther Kim

IBM Blockchain North American Sector Head & Strategic Alliances
Ms. Kim is currently the head of IBM Blockchain North America cross industry solutions. She is responsible for go to market and sales execution leading the extended Hybrid Cloud Integration sales community. In the recent past, she had served over 5 years in the Canadian and global markets consulting financial institutions on digital transformation journeys leveraging emerging technologies (mobile, APIe, AI, IoT, and now blockchain).
Additionally, she serves as the IBM Blockchain global alliance leader for SecureKey Technologies (blockchain digital identity), alongside Samsung and KPMG for strategic partner-led networks.Ms. Kim joined IBM 25 years ago and worked in her earlier years in various units including IBM’s PC Technical Support Centre, Banking Business Unit, Software Channels as a Systems Engineer and Software/Cloud sales. She covered the major markets including the Caribbean region, Government, Retail, Telco and Manufacturing in Canada. She spent a total of 17 years of her career focused on the financial services sector with both business and IT executive sponsors in a consultative approach to align customers’ requirements and roadmap with solutions that provide competitive advantage, risk mitigation, lower cost of operations and potentially new revenue models.Ms. Kim is a certified member of the IBM Faculty Academy. She has completed the IBM Executive Business Management program co-sponsored by both Harvard and Boston Universities. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in Canada.
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