Sherry Askin

Principal, Artificial Intelligence, Information Technology & Cyber Security

Atlanta, Georgia

Sherry is an experienced technology executive focused on complex IT solutions and cybersecurity. With over 30 years in optical engineering, internet infrastructure, cloud computing, and analytics software, she has led large teams to deliver innovative projects globally. Recognized as a leader in marketing and channel strategies, Ms. Askin has championed AI and modern data solutions while balancing the imperative of robust cyber protections.


A respected voice on AI and cybersecurity, Ms. Askin is a regular keynote speaker on how data and predictive analytics are transforming industries. With deep experience engineering optical systems and directing IT initiatives, she provides unique perspective on the responsible development of emerging technologies.


Ms. Askin is a passionate believer in the power of technology and the exponentially increasing contributions from artificial intelligence, particularly for industries that depend on detail and precision.  The growing consumption of predictive content and machine driven decision making must also be tempered with equal intensity and focus on cyber security.

Ms. Askin began her career as an Optical Engineer, developing and marketing laser systems for a wide variety of commercial and scientific applications. Through her early designs, she helped to introduce the world to laser systems for communication, music and data recording, bar code scanning, and even smoke detection on board the International Space Station.

She sharpened her focus on the paradigm shift information technology was about to cause when she joined IBM, just as the internet entered our daily lives.  She led small teams and large organizations, building complex IT solutions and driving channel strategies across the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa.  She received numerous awards, including IBM’s top annual Marketing achievement award, while championing IT solution initiatives from cloud computing to IBM Watson.  Through her increasing scope of responsibility, she developed strategies, built programs, and led teams growing annual revenue to $11.6B, with $2.6B in Cloud and Analytics Solutions.  Her teams also supported over 8,000 Channel Partners and hundreds of millions in Marketing initiated revenue.

Ms. Askin continued her executive journey when she was recruited to lead the transition of Enterprise Services under Lenovo’s acquisition of the IBM x86 Server product line.  Highlights of her accomplishments included the foundation for 3x growth with the launch of Lenovo Professional Services and a first of a kind global enterprise services portfolio structure.  Lenovo also realized significant cost      savings as she completed the transition of the IBM x86 Services Channel Management Program and supporting IT systems 6 months ahead of schedule.



University of Rochester

Bs, Optical Engineering





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