Kareem has been with IBM for 15 years, joining IBM’s software development lab in Hursley, UK after completing his Ph. D from the University of Leeds, focused on Decision Support Systems for Civil Engineering construction. He started as a Technical Support Engineer providing Level 3 support for WebSphere MQ, specializing in Java based messaging. He then moved into Technical Sales, working for and later managing a Websphere Worldwide Technical Sales team, covering integration products and architecture. He subsequently moved into Strategy and then Product Management roles, covering various aspects of the IBM WebSphere Portfolio, including SOA Strategy, eCommerce and Application Infrastructure. After that Kareem undertook Strategy and M&A roles driving key strategic initiatives such as Smarter Commerce and Smarter Cities, and leading the acquisition of a host of related companies.
Position/Role: Vice President of Development, responsible for software development and SaaS Operations for Enterprise Marketing Management portfolio in IBM, comprised of both on-premise and SaaS solutions targeted at marketers, merchandisers, and eCommerce professionals