Haslam names IBM exec as state's COO - WSMV News 4

Haslam names IBM exec as state's COO

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An executive from IBM will be named the state's chief operating officer, according to a news release from Gov. Bill Haslam's office.

Greg Adams, 58, will join the state July 8 after spending nearly 37 years at IBM in positions in sales, marketing, operations, re-engineering, and quality and general management. Adams currently serves on the company's senior leadership team as a managing director in the financial services sector.

"Greg brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to state government," said Haslam in a press release. "It says a lot for our state that we're able to attract this caliber of talent.

"Greg will bring a fresh perspective to the work we're doing every day to serve Tennessee taxpayers in the most efficient and effective way."

Adams spent two years early in his career as branch manager of IBM's East Tennessee operations, and then moved to Nashville where he was regional manager of the Mid-South region. He also served the company in Tokyo, New York City and Atlanta.

"I am excited to work with Gov. Haslam and join his senior team in this new role," said Adams in a press release. "This is a unique opportunity to apply my experience and skills in the public sector, and I look forward to being back in Tennessee."

According to the release, Adams' role will be to work with state departments to ensure they're operating in the most efficient and effective way possible.

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