Ex-chairman and CEO, IBM
Though he's never been a nonexec chair, Palmisano's ideal for the job. He chaired IBM's (Fortune 500) board of directors for nine years, and spent several years as one of former CEO Lou Gerstner's deputies, proving he can work alongside demanding chiefs. He has a killer Rolodex (a huge asset to any board), but he's also shown he can be neutral: Bloomberg LP recently tapped him to conduct an independent review of its privacy standards. ,
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