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IBM veteran Hirst to retire next month

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IBM EMEA chairman Larry Hirst CBE is to stand down next month after more than three decades with the company.

In his current role he represented Big Blue to authorities including the European Commission, NAT and EDA covering areas such as business regulation.

"IBM has confirmed that Larry Hirst, CBE will retire from his role as IBM EMEA chairman effective 5 July," said a spokeswoman at the firm, adding that his successor will be unveiled early next month.

The industry was in its infancy when Hirst joined IBM as a sales trainee in 1977 after a spell at Kodak, and during his tenure he held senior positions in the UK, at the corporate HQ in New York, the Nordics, Russia and South Africa.

The UK establishment rewarded his contribution to the IT industry in 2006 when Her Maj made Hirst a Commander of the British Empire (C.B.E) and in 2009 Gordon Brown made him a Business Ambassador to the private sector.

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