Nicola Hodson

Nicola Hodson was appointed Chief Executive, IBM UK and Ireland, in January 2023, where she is responsible for the company’s business operations.

Dr Hodson is an accomplished technology industry leader with a deep understanding of the challenges facing UK plc, as well as extensive experience in business and digital transformation. In June 2023, Dr Hodson ranked highly in Computer Weekly’s list of the 50 most influential people in UK technology. 

Dr Hodson held senior positions at Microsoft for 14 years, including as a global Vice President of Transformation for the commercial business, UK Chief Operating Officer and as head of its UK Public Sector business.

Dr Hodson is Deputy President of techUK, the trade association for the IT industry, and has a wide breadth of experience, serving on the boards of Beazley plc and Drax Group plc, and is a governor of Bradfield College.

Formerly, she worked in the IT and business services division of Siemens, at CSC (now DXC), as a management consultant for EY and at BNFL.

She previously served as a non-executive director at energy regulator Ofgem, as a board member at the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, and at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) group in the UK.

Dr Hodson holds an MBA and a PhD in Engineering. Nicola is married with three sons and two stepsons, loves outdoor pursuits and is a keen motorbike enthusiast.