Neil Isford VP of Smarter Analytics, IBM North America

Neil is responsible for leading IBM’s Smarter Analytics' sales for North America across all of IBM's brands and Industries. He works closely with many clients.

He spent two years as the worldwide Vice President of Sales for the software products that are part of IBM’s Information Management, Business Analytics, and Enterprise Content Management portfolios. Neil helped to lead IBM’s successful acquisition of Cognos. In 2006 and 2007 Neil managed IBM’s software business for Asia Pacific.

Neil spent nine years in various Professional Services roles, including CEO of Plural, a private consulting/SI firm based on Wall Street, and as the leader of IBM’s e-business services practice.

Neil grew up in Toronto, Canada, and went to Wilfrid Laurier University. He started with IBM in 1980 and held various sales and sales management roles in Edmonton, Vancouver, Southwestern Ontario, and Toronto before moving to the United States in 1994.