Christine Kretz is the Research Industry Leader for Healthcare and Life Sciences, globally, in IBM Research. Christine’s role is to help coordinate client interest with the team’s experience and expertise and help coordinate projects for mutually beneficial outcomes. As Research Industry Leader, Christine helps set strategy for the team and focus on key collaborations to advance the strategy. She is also a Technical Advocate for several universities and clients.
Most recently, she was the business development leader for IBM Watson Solutions for Healthcare, working with clients to find compelling uses for this new technology in the healthcare space.
Joining IBM in 1998 as a manager in the Research Division, Christine had Information Technology (IT) responsibilities including Y2K readiness and IT security for eight labs globally. From Research, Christine took a corporate position and was named the Global Operations Manager for IBM Life Sciences, an emerging business area for IBM. Christine has also held the positions of Healthcare Solutions Executive on the IBM Global Healthcare Industry team, and roles as a Client Executive and Complex Opportunity Manager in Healthcare / Life Sciences.
Christine holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA in Operations from Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.