Vice President R&D, IBM
Mary O'Brien is the Vice President of Engineering for IBM Security. She leads a global team of 2,000 research and development professionals focused on delivering IBM’s extensive security product portfolio. O’Brien’s mission is to incubate new ideas while partnering with IBM research to study and understand the evolution of technology and the ever-changing threat landscape. Her organization provides the solutions that protect industries, businesses and consumers alike from today’s emerging risks and vulnerabilities. Mary spends her days making sure the research, proof of concepts and thought leadership evolve into viable products. In charge of progressing IBM’s security portfolio, she examines which incubators have the potential for success and align with IBM’s strategy, and then manages and tracks those products all the way through to delivery and support in the field. Mary joined IBM in 2007 working in the Tivoli organization. She then joined IBM Security as the Director of Infrastructure and X Force based out of Atlanta, and her portfolio grew the following years. A lifelong engineer, Mary’s career started with the last indigenous Semiconductor manufacturer in the UK. In 1994, she joined the Motorola GSM systems division and developed her skills in ASIC, PBC and Software development of telco products. Mary earned her Bachelor’s in Engineering from Dublin City University. With more than 30 years of industry experience developed through tenures in the UK, US and Ireland, Mary spends a lot of time mentoring others and ensures that those who work for her have mentors as well.