ARMONK, NY—Jim Finn has been named vice president of corporate communications at IBM, reporting to Jon Iwata, senior vice president of communications.
According to Iwata, Finn will take on a range of corporate initiatives, including programs to more effectively communicate IBM’s business model and growth strategies. Says Iwata, “It’s a pleasure to bring aboard a communications leader with Jim’s extensive corporate communications experience and knowledge of the information technology industry. And it’s an added pleasure to welcome Jim back to the IBM communications team.”
Finn was most recently the senior communications executive for Oracle. Finn joined Oracle in October of 2001, when the senior public relations position had been open for 12 months and after former Clinton spokesman Joe Lockhart’s brief stint as a senior communications counselor to CEO Larry Ellison. He stepped down earlier this year, in part because he wanted to spend more time with his family, which had remained in the New York area.
Before Oracle, Finn was senior vice president for public relations at the Chase Manhattan and an executive with the New York-based treasurer’s office of General Motors. He worked for IBM in its European headquarters in the 1990s.